Eastland mall cuts hours

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The saga of Eastland Mall continues. Today, it was announced operating hours were being cut for the interior section owned by Glimcher Realty Trust. The venerable white box mall will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. The interior stores will be closed Sundays. The three anchor stores, Dillard’s, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory will not be affected and will keep current hours.

In yesterday’s Mint Hill Times, we reported Dillard’s had already closed. The store was supposed to close this month, but officials decided to postpone the closing for one more month.

Watch a video of Eastland Mall in 1979 from YouTube.

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Friday at the historical society

Bob Rowland measures and cuts wood for the new public restroom at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Rowland and Dave Reed (not pictured) spent Friday afternoon at the village putting some finishing touches on the project. Rowland said the restroom, which the historical society needs to host field trips, should be finished in early September. PHOTO BY ADAM HOUSTON

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Meck mayors support bond

WFAE reports Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville mayors are urging support for the November bond. Green space is the issue, according to Matthews mayor Lee Myers. The money from the bond will help towns preserve land for parks, ball fields and natural areas.

Mint Hill has mucho green space, but keeping it is another story. Mecklenburg County has two pieces of land for planned parks in or close to Mint Hill. One is the Ezell Farm property located at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. The other is a planned natural area near I-485.

To the left, Mecklenburg County’s Greenway Master Plan. Above, a close up of how this plan will affect Mint Hill.

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Memories of Eastland Mall?

I’m working on a story about the future of Eastland Mall. But you can’t look at the future without looking at the past. Feel free to e-mail adam@minthilltimes.com if you have any memories of working at the mall, shopping during the holiday season, or repeatedly falling on Eastland’s famous ice rink.

The story will be published August 7 in The Mint Hill Times, and your comments could be included.

-Adam Houston, Reporter

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Town officials tell Wal-Mart no thanks

It’s not looking good for Wal-Mart moving to Mint Hill. The retail giant had eyes on some land at the intersection of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road and Albemarle Road. At the July 17 developers meeting, Commissioners told Wal-Mart developers Lauth Property Group they’ll listen, but don’t count on coming to Mint Hill. The land is not properly zoned, and it doesn’t fit with the long term plan for that area of the town.

Mint Hill Senior Planner Karen Dunn reaffirmed Mint Hill’s hesitation in an email to Keith H. MacVean of the humongous law firm King and Spalding:

Keith,

Staff received the following comments regarding Lauth’s proposed 60 acre retail development on Albemarle Road:

  • The existing zoning of the proposed site is predominately residential with some General Business along Albemarle Road and is designated as “Office Park” on the Future Land Use Map. With the proposed hospital being planned in the near vicinity, some Board members suggested that the property may be suited for future medical offices and support facilities.
  • Concern with adding any additional traffic on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road
  • The current Land Use Plan is more than 10 years old and is in need of an overall revision. At the February 2008 Board of Commissioner’s Retreat, the Board unanimously agreed to update the Plan and also fund Small Area Plan studies in the coming year.

In general, the project was not given positive support from the Board of Commissioners.

If you decide to proceed with the project, the property will need to be rezoned prior to sketch plan review. Applications for map amendments may be downloaded from the website at www.minthill.com. The submittal deadline is the third Thursday of each month to be received by the Board of Commissioners the following month.

Wal-Mart will not go quietly. That’s a given. But the retail giant has an up hill battle getting a store built in Mint Hill.

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