The much-maligned Bridges at Mint Hill Mall project is no closer to a res- olution than it was when the project first began grading work in 2008.
“I have no idea, your guess is as good as mine,” Mint Hill Town Manger Brian Welch said of when construction could restart. “For three or four years now I’ve been saying, ‘When and not if,’ but there’s just nothing happening…I wish I knew more, but that’s all that I know about it.”
Welch said he doesn’t know if – or when for that matter – the project will have a resolution, and especially the one the public has been clamoring for since the project’s inception nearly a decade ago.
The Bridges at Mint Hill Mall had a bright beginning. When the 215-acre property situated off Lawyers Road near Interstate-485 was originally announced, developers had planned to construct an open-air, 1.3 million-square-foot shopping complex with a five-story hotel, a multiplex-style movie theater, at least three department stores, including Belk’s, and a pair of vehicle-pedestrian combination bridges that would lead across Goose Creek.