Halt Rezoning of the Eastland Mall Site Until the Pandemic Is Over & Public Can Weigh In

Halt Rezoning of the Eastland Mall Site Until the Pandemic Is Over & Public Can Weigh In

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Housing Justice Coalition started this petition to Mayor Vi Lyles and

The Housing Justice Coalition demands that the city place a temporary moratorium on the rezoning of the Eastland Mall site (Rezoning Petition 2020-027).

We demand this due to the complex nature of the rezoning and what rezoning petitions require in order to be reviewed and approved. Regular council meetings, while they contain different agenda items that are complex in their own right, do not require community meetings to be held in advance on a particular topic as well as a meeting by city staff, a public forum for the petitioner and those opposed and then an additional date for council to follow up and finally approve the item.

We demand that the City not allow this rezoning to continue until the outbreak of COVID-19 is contained and in-person public meetings are able to be conducted. 

This sweeping rezoning petition that intends to redevelop 78 acres of land at the former Eastland Mall site is currently slated for a virtual presentation on behalf of Crosland Southeast and the City on Friday, May 1st. The announcement of this virtual presentation was only announced four days in advance of the May 1st date. While there is a period allotted for questions and a formal Q&A scheduled on Monday, May 13th, there is no guidance as to how questions will be answered and if they will be pre-selected. 

Since this project will include: a) a site for the future MLS team that has been promised $110 million in public funds without a public vote b) a partnership between the City and Crosland Southeast that will also require a separate regular agenda item on what the City will do with the land once finalized c) a large redevelopment of one of the largest acreages that will repurposed for residential and commercial purposes, we feel it is in the City’s best interest to delay the process so that more people in East Charlotte will be able to understand the scope and nature of this project. 

As it currently stands, many aspects of this redevelopment have been decided swiftly without any input from impacted communities and under very opaque circumstances.

For example, vendors at the open flea market in Eastland are worried that their livelihoods by this development will be gone as the City tries to push this project through to accommodate MLS and Crosland Southeast. The City also unveiled their rezoning petition for the project in “embargoed discussions” that gave first access to hand picked news organizations. This issue of transparency is compounded by the fact that the scheduled virtual presentations and Q&As can only be accessed by those with stable internet connections, a utility that some impacted neighbors do not have access to. Swift timeline and transparency issues, coupled with $110 million in hospitality tax dollars promised to David Tepper and his MLS team without any public input or discussion, has made this project seem less like a beneficial catalyst of growth for East Charlotte and more like a way for the City to quickly recoup some its money from buying the site for $13.2 million in 2012. 

The City should stall the rezoning of Eastland in the midst of this global pandemic where access to information and public input has been impacted by social distancing guidelines and whether or not residents can afford internet access. 

We demand that the City halt all progress on this rezoning petition until in-person meetings are able to be conducted and people are able to ask questions about the project in an open forum. 

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