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McClatchy-Tribune  06/18/2014 7:16 PM ET
New shopping center proposed for North High Point [The High Point Enterprise, N.C. :: ]

June 18--HIGH POINT -- An area of north High Point that already features a variety of shopping centers may soon get another one.

A developer is considering whether to build the Shoppes on Eastchester on a 2.5-acre tract carved out along Eastchester Drive at the intersection with Ramsay Street. The development, which would require a rezoning, would be in front of the Alexandria Park apartment complex and across from the Wendover Landing business center, whose tenants include a Biscuitville fast-food restaurant and Oak Hollow Tire & Car Care Center.

Shoppes on Eastchester is in a preliminary stage, said Jim Grdich, vice president of development with Blue Ridge Companies Inc., whose other developments include the Palladium complex along Wendover Avenue.

If built, Shoppes on Eastchester would cover up to 15,000 square feet of enclosed space.

"It's subject to site plan approval by the city," Grdich told The High Point Enterprise.

The rezoning would change the tract from a general office to limited business use, said Herb Shannon, a senior planner with the High Point Planning and Zoning Department. The main difference with the rezoning is that the developer could have more options for retail tenants.

A hearing on the rezoning request will take place at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at City Hall at 211 S. Hamilton St. downtown. The hearing will be before the Planning & Zoning Commission, which makes recommendations to City Council.

Meanwhile, Blue Ridge Companies is proceeding with another north High Point development near the relocated Belk Inc. department store, which moved to Wendover Avenue from Oak Hollow Mall earlier this spring. Wendover Shops will become a retail center covering 9,100 square feet.

"We have no specific users at this time. But it is permitted and under construction," Grdich said. -- 888-3528

North High Point growth

Amid the debate about how to boost development in the Core City, the northern part of High Point continues to grow steadily. Here are some of the major projects in the past several years:

--Blue Ridge Companies Inc., which developed the Palladium complex along Wendover Avenue, has begun work on Wendover Shoppes near the new Belk Inc. department store. Wendover Shops will cover 9,100 square feet.

--Belk relocated its High Point department store to Wendover from its long-standing location at Oak Hollow Mall. Belk opened earlier this spring at the new location.

--Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opened its first neighborhood market concept store for the Piedmont Triad in the Wendover Landing business complex. The store, off of Penny Road near the intersection with Wendover, opened last summer.

--Premier Medical Plaza opened five years ago as a major medical center at Wendover and Premier Drive. The complex includes a variety of general and specialty physician practices.

--Olive Garden opened its first High Point restaurant at Wendover and Samet Drive. The restaurant opened two years ago.


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