Charlotte council extends controversial land swap deal with Mecklenburg County

Charlotte Observer reports the City Council extended the deadline for Mecklenburg County to sell property it had obtained in a 2007 land swap with the city that opened space for BB&T Ballpark. The land swap deal deal dictated the city would regain control of the land–the site of Marshall Park—if the county did not sell it by Dec. 31 of this year. The council extended the deadline by 10 years.

Complicating matters further is Marshall Park is the site of the proposed $683 million Brooklyn Village project, which includes plans for apartments, condos, a hotel and offices, as well as shops and restaurants and open space. Development plans call for the park to shrink to 1.6 acres to 5.5 acres.

Complicating matter even further is –according to the Observer (with help from grant funding by Report for America/GroundTruth Project and the Foundation For The Carolinas, mind you) is the developer of the Brooklyn Village project is accusing public officials of “sabotaging” the project.

What a mess.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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