reprinted from the Observer  

by REBECCA SULOCK, Charlotte Observer

Here at Latest Developments, we were delighted to receive our first reader question last week.

Nick Carson wrote to ask what’s happening with the Belmont Town Center development planned across from South Point High School.

We thought that was a good question, especially considering all the discussion about the traffic impact of putting a grocery store and retail center across from a high school. We didn’t just think that because he flattered our previous columns, either.

Detailed plans for the center should come to Belmont’s planning department in November, said senior planner Adrian Miller.

Rumor has it the grocery store will be a Food Lion, despite neighborhood lobbying efforts for a Harris Teeter. That’s from a conversation we had with the mayor two months ago.

The mixed-use development will be on 34 acres at South Point Road and R.L. Stowe Road, and will likely include 109 homes, a 48,000-square-foot grocery store, a 20,000-square-foot retail space, a bank, a drugstore and three other stores.

Farther down South Point Road, Charlotte developer Lockard Reed has submitted early plans for a 223-home development at Henry Chapel Road, Miller said. Belmont’s planning department is looking at the project and will send suggestions back to the developer — the next step would be for Lockard Reed to bring more details to the planning board.