Town staff, along with a citizen committee and the consulting group HNTB, have finished the first stages of designing a small area plan for the Lawyers Road and I-485 interchange. The town hosted three charrette’s this month to get input from citizens on how they would like the interchange to look in the future.
Which ever company builds the mall, the town is creating a plan that will guide development for years to come.
“We were really limited as to what you could do,” Bailey said. “The typical developer would want to max out the space, but that can’t be done here.”
Other ideas that came from the meetings: Space for a possible YMCA and a conference center.
Bailey said a good example of a town which utilized a master plan to guide development is Rock Hill. Twenty years ago, the town developed a plan for the Dave Lyle Boulevard and Interstate 77 interchange. There have been few deviations from the plan over the years, and today the mixed use project is nearly complete. Bailey said Rock Hill deserved a “pat on the back” because as the elected officals changed over the years, the plan stayed in tact.