Construction of the River District is underway. Welcome to the future of West Charlotte, North Carolina, where the vision of a new development, The River District, is about to redefine West Charlotte. Already being heralded as “The Next Ballantyne”, this groundbreaking project is poised to reshape West Charlotte’s identity and opportunities.
Join us as we unveil The River District, the transformative development that promises to breathe new life into West Charlotte. Combining modern amenities with a respect for the natural beauty of the river, The River District will be the perfect blend of urban chic and countryside charm.
Massive change is coming to West Charlotte. One of the biggest Charlotte North Carolina developments to start in decades had its groundbreaking just a couple months ago. When it comes ot major development projects in Charlotte, North Carolina places like Ballantyne and SouthPark come to mind. Another spot, one of the last large undeveloped tracts in Mecklenburg County to be developed, will be added to the list!
After almost 7 years of planning Crescent Communities broke ground on March 29, 2023. Soon we will be able to see this new community take shape!
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Welcome to what will soon be The River District. Spanning 1,400 acres, nestled on the banks of the Catawba River (Lake Wylie), this community will redefine what it means to live in West Charlotte, North Carolina. For size comparison, once complete The River District will be roughly the size of Ballantyne. We shot a video diving deep into the plans for the River District! If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from The River District, please see the video below:
The River District: An Overview
Just west of a thriving metropolis and situated amid natural stillness, The River District will be a 1,400 acre master planned community connecting city life with natural splendor. Combining lush green with urban landscapes, The River District offers a unique location that brings together the beauty of the Catawba River with convenient proximity to vibrant Uptown Charlotte. A diverse community with a full spectrum of residential and commercial offerings, this is where trails, river ways and innovative thinking converge, making life at The River District truly boundless.
On top of over 8,000,000 sqft of office space, 2,300 single family homes, and 2,350 multi-family homes, they also plan to build shops, schools, hotels and parks in the River District. The River District will be built in multiple phases and will take nearly a decade to finish. Once complete, the project will be a magnet for talented workforce to come to North Carolina and the Charlotte region.
The River District will also be the only city access to the Catawba River, which will be open to the public!
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The first phase, known as Westrow is a 70 acre area that will feature a range of residential offerings like apartments, townhomes, and single family homes. Westrow will also offer small retail shops, restaurants, event spaces, offices, parks, and even a 200 acre working farm.
The first series of milestones includes delivering major utility and roadway infrastructure to Westrow. Over the coming months, work will start to extend West Blvd from I-485 to the development.
Crescent communities are emphasizing walking and biking, so new roadways will have multi-use trails on the outside. They are also planning on widening Dixie River Road.
Local Residents Concerned
Residents of the area have differing opinions regarding the proposed development, expressing concerns about potential increases in traffic congestion, strain on existing infrastructure, and impacts on the local environment.
Many locals voice apprehension about the risk of augmented traffic and strain on public facilities, echoing the circumstances experienced by Ballantyne. The mounting congestion and the stress on public services could affect both the tranquility of the community and the resilience of the city’s infrastructure.
After the project was unveiled several years ago, the Catawba Riverkeeper was pleased with the protections to water quality Crescent Communities implemented. The Catawba Riverkeeper said that the developer has gone above and beyond to put safeguards in place to protect the water quality, however it’s something they will need to continue to monitor.
Charlotte’s Tree Canopy
There’s also a growing concern of preserving Charlotte, North Carolina’s tree canopy. Construction of the River District will clear hundreds of acres of mostly forested land. Removal of acres of forest has been a growing concern in the Charlotte area, as demand and development engulfs Charlotte, North Carolina.
On a bright note, Crescent communities will preserve 500 acres of the 1,400 acre development and 40% percent of The River District will also be open spaces.
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The River District & The Future of West Charlotte
There are concerns and things to monitor, thats true. There is one thing that’s for sure: The River District will bring a long term wave of economic vitality to West Charlotte, North Carolina. Once complete, this project is expected to generate over $5.6 Billion of gross annual economic impact for the region and state.
Crescent Communities goal is to have The River District become a destination for, not just people who live in the Charlotte area, but for people who are coming into town from the region or even from all over the country.
The River District: What’s next?
Construction of buildings will start by Early 2024, with the first phase of residents moving in by 2025. We are still waiting for details on price ranges. Over the next two decades, The River District will transform West Charlotte.
Just think, you could be paddle boarding on the river and in no time at all be at the airport, or your office. This will be a very unique and special addition to the Charlotte area. Do you want to stay up to date on all of the new updates about The River District? Make sure to sign up to our newsletter below!
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