CHARLOTTE – Riverbend Village is on the verge of welcoming its first customers.
The opening of restaurants, apartments or other businesses were contingent on the completion of turn lanes and accompanying traffic signals added to Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road at the 115-acre, mixed-use development’s north end. And following a monthslong delay, the signals at the intersections of Overlook Mountain Drive and Callabridge Court are fully operational, opening the proverbial floodgates for business.
After projections last fall indicated Taco Bell would open in December 2018, the Riverbend Apartments are the first entity to open, with its first residents scheduled to move in Saturday, June 1.
And Taco Bell, after being ready for several weeks, will – as planned – be the first restaurant to open, on Friday, June 7, according to its district office.
In addition to the 266 apartments managed by Brown Investment Properties, Riverbend Village will eventually be home to a Harris Teeter, 105 townhomes and a corporate headquarters for Corning Optical Communications. And a recent amendment in plans could bring a Novant Health “mini-hospital” to the grounds.
Initially, a movie theater or bowling-type complex was thought to be among the development’s tenants, but a rezoning request has been filed for the scaled-down hospital building to be built between the Harris Teeter and yet-to-break-ground Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
The Novant facility is projected to have 50 beds and associated medical office space but not a trauma center. A helicopter landing site would provide patient transport service to other facilities, according to Steve Swicegood of the Mountain Island Neighborhood Association.
The rezoning was the subject of a public meeting May 22 and next will go to city council for approval.
The next-closest hospitals are the CaroMont Health emergency room 5 miles away in Mount Holly and Novant Huntersville Medical Center 10 miles away. Atrium Health offers urgent care as well as several primary-care facilities on Coul Oak Drive on the other side of Brookshire Boulevard.
Other tenants with signage up include Dunkin’ Donuts and an AT&T store. Those slated for opening later are Famous Toastery, Wild Wing Café, Firehouse Subs and Johnny’s Pizza. Harris Teeter’s 16-pump gas station is planned to open before the store does.
Despite some residents moving into the apartments this month, the majority of units won’t be ready for move-in until September.
Multiple attempts made to Riverbend developer Simpson Commercial Real Estate recently were unsuccessful.