Ballantyne in 1991: Farmland with plans to become an “ambitious” development

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Behold, one of the four Monuments of Ballantyne. Photo by Jason E. Miczek/Charlotte Observer

Once upon a time, Ballantyne was almost named “Edinborough.”

The year was 1991 and the Observer reported on the possibility of Charlotte farmland and wide open spaces turning into an “ambitious” development.

Developer Johnny Harris, then president of Bissell Companies, was the dreamer — he sought to create a community for 10,000 to 12,000 people and offices, residences and shops out of 1,756 acres.

“If I had a dream … there would be a traffic jam every Saturday and Sunday, but it would be bicycles” instead of cars, Harris said in the 1991 article.

The community has since risen with a different name, “Ballantyne” (also Scotch-Irish), the middle name of Harris’ niece, Barbara Ballantyne Bissell.

Legend has it the name originated in Scotland with a family in Lanarkshire in the early Middle Ages.

Why there’s no haggis to be found in Ballantyne Village is beyond us.

For the very first time

In other development news, 1100 South tweeted its very first tweet.


Adorable right?

Ely Portillo touched base with Cambridge Development Group and learned that the first phase of the 1100 South project “has been pre-leasing and should be open this week. The whole project is in four phases, with final completion sometime in August.”

The space will boast:

– A rooftop garden paired with a cocktail terrace and a panoramic view of uptown, plus lounge seating and a wine fridge.

– And a big-screen TV.

– And surround-sound speakers.

– Among other amenities.

Rent prices could range from about $1,209 to $2,945.

I walk the (Blue) Line.

The Charlotte City Council approved a change order to the Lynx Blue Line contract. What this means:

– Three amendments to the contract should keep the project on schedule, building a 9-mile extension of the Lynx line to reach UNC Charlotte by summer 2017.

– The amendments total $19.5 million.

Meanwhile, the Gold Line streetcar should open July 14. The 1.5-mile line will carry passengers from the Charlotte Transportation Center to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, complete with six stops.

Office space

Charlotte Business Journal reported that construction on Portman Holdings’ 19-story office tower next to The Westin Charlotte hotel will begin soon. A groundbreaking ceremony is in the works for July, with the project likely wrapping up in 2016.

Not to mention: This year should see Crescent Communities starting work on Tryon Place, another office building planned for the intersection of Stonewall and Tryon. Completion: Likely 2018.

That hits the spot

As if last year’s gift of vegetarian sofritas wasn’t exciting enough, Restaurant Traffic reports that Chipotle is test marketing chorizo. That is only happening in Kansas City at the moment, but the spicy pork sausage is expected to be served in Chipotle venues across the nation (hello, Charlotte) by the end of this year.

Photo: Jason Miczek/Charlotte Observer

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