Ballantyne (Charlotte neighborhood)

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Ballantyne
Neighborhood
Ballantyne Village.jpg
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Mecklenburg County, North Carolina seal.png Mecklenburg County
City Charlotte
Council District 7
Neighborhood Profile Areas 75, 169, 187, 188, 189, 253, 255, 257, 355, 356
Founded by Bissell Companies
Government
 • City Council Edmund Driggs[1] (R)
Area[2]
 • Total 5,114 acres (2,070 ha)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 23,495
 • Density 2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 28277
Area code(s) 704, 980
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Ballantyne is an upscale neighborhood in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, occupying a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) area of land adjacent to the South Carolina border.

In June 2013, Wingate University announced that it was moving its Matthews campus to Ballantyne.[4]

History[edit]

Ballantyne was originally a large hunting tract owned by the Harris family, descendants of former North Carolina Governor Cameron A. Morrison.[5] With construction of nearby Interstate 485 adding value to the land, Johnny Harris and his brother-in-law, Smoky Bissell, quietly acquired surrounding lands from neighbors and farmers until they had about 2,000 acres and had the land commercially rezoned. Another developer, Crescent Resources, had already purchased the 610 acres that would later become the Ballantyne Country Club and the accompanying residential development.[6] In October 1995, Bissell bought out his brothers-in-law’s shares for $20 million and established Ballantyne, named after his maternal grandmother; homebuilding started shortly after in 1996.[6] Bissell also developed and designed the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and the Ballantyne Country Club, which he designed after visiting 34 golf courses around Phoenix, Arizona[5]

At the intersection of Johnston Road and Ballantyne Commons stand four 30-foot monuments representing transportation, technology, finance, and the human spirit of Charlotte. The art installation was commissioned by Yugoslavian artist Boris Tomic, who spent three years crafting them at a brick factory in Salisbury.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 9,466
2010 20,936 121.2%
Est. 2015 23,495 12.2%
[3]

As of 2011, Ballantyne had a population of 20,936. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 69.2% White American, 11.3% Asian American, 10.3% Black or African American, and 2.5% of some other race. Hispanic or Latino American of any race were 6.7% of the population. The median household income for the area was $96,435.[7]

Economy[edit]

The 535 acre Ballantyne Corporate Park has over 4,000,000 sq feet of Class A office space and includes the headquarters of Babcock & Wilcox, Curtiss-Wright, Tree.com Inc, Snyder's-Lance Inc, Premier Inc, Extended Stay America, Inc, Fortune 500 company SPX and ESPN regional television.[8]

In April 2013, MetLife announced that it was establishing its U.S. Retail Business Headquarters in Ballantyne.[9]

Controversies[edit]

In February 2010, The Charlotte Housing Authority and a developer wanted to include a low-income public housing project just south of the Ballantyne Country Club at Johnston Road and Providence Road West. The proposal was dropped following local opposition.[10]

On April 14, 2012, residents met to discuss an idea of breaking away from the city of Charlotte to form their own city.[11] In the history of North Carolina, this has never been done before. If it is done, the residents will name the new city Providence. However, there is currently[when?] a North Carolina community that already carries this name and has its own zip code.[12]

Printed media[edit]

  • Ballantyne magazine

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ed Driggs, District 7 Representative". City of Charlotte. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Quality of Life Explorer (acres)". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Quality of Life Explorer (population)". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Wingate University to open Ballantyne campus in August
  5. ^ a b Markovitch, Jeremy (March 2, 2016). "Being Ballantyne in the Always New Charlotte". Our State. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Newsome, Melba (November 19, 2012). "There's Something About Ballantyne". Charlotte Magazine. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Quality of Life Explorer". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Ballantyne Corporate Park Directory
  9. ^ Bissell's Ballantyne bet pays off
  10. ^ Developer drops Ballantyne-area affordable housing project - Charlotte Business Journal
  11. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/11/3171583/a-divorce-for-charlotte-and-ballantyne.html
  12. ^ http://northcarolina.hometownlocator.com/zip-codes/data,zipcode,27315.cfm

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Coordinates: 35°03′17″N 80°51′01″W / 35.054659°N 80.850238°W / 35.054659; -80.850238