Eastland (Charlotte neighborhood)

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Aerial of the Eastland neighborhood. The mall in the foreground was demolished in 2014.
Aerial of the Eastland neighborhood. The mall in the foreground was demolished in 2014.
Nickname(s): Eastland-Wilora Lake or Wilora Lake
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Mecklenburg
City Charlotte
Council District 5
Neighborhood Profile Areas 127, 167, 197
 • City Council John Autry[1] (D)
 • Total 967 acres (391 ha)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 5,772
 • Density 3,800/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Demonym(s) Eastlander
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 28205, 28212
Area code(s) 704, 980
Quality of Life Dashboard

Eastland (also known as Eastland-Wilora Lake or Wilora Lake)[4][5] is a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The area is named after the former eponymous mall, that was demolished in the 2014.[6] Eastland is almost seven and a half miles from Uptown, Charlotte.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 4,660
2010 5,781 24.1%
Est. 2015 5,772 −0.2%

As of 2010, Eastland had a population of 5781. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 44.1% Black or African American, 18.9% White American, 3.2% Asian American, and 2.7% of some other race. Hispanic or Latino American of any race were 31.2% of the population. The median household income for the area was $34,449.[8]

Transportation infrastructure[edit]

Charlotte Fire Station 42, located in Eastland

Mass transit[edit]

The following buses from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) serve Eastland:[9]

  • #9 (Central Avenue)
  • #29 (UNC Charlotte/Crosstown)
  • #221 (E. Harris & Idlewild Rd)
  • #222 (Pence Road)
  • #232 (Grier Heights)

Eastland serves as a transit hub with the Eastland Community Transit Center, located in the same lot as the former Eastland Mall.[10] Additionally, the site serves as a future terminus for the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar, linking the future redevelopment of the previous site of the Eastland Mall with Uptown Charlotte.[11]


The major thoroughfares in Eastland are Albemarle Road, Central Avenue, and North Sharon Amity. It is also in close proximity to Independence Boulevard, giving direct access to Uptown Charlotte, Matthews, and Monroe.[4]


Eastland is bordered by the Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway to the north, traveling between Charlotte to Aberdeen, North Carolina and Gulf, North Carolina.[12]

Education and libraries[edit]

School systems[edit]

Residents of Eastland attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including Lawrence Orr Elementary, Windsor Park Elementary, Eastway Middle School, and Garinger High School.[13] A new Charter School opened in Eastland, occupying the building that was once an Hannaford.[14] The school would later close in January 2015, citing financial difficulties.[15] In April 2016, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System purchased 11.4 acres of the former Eastland Mall site, for a future K-8 language immersion school that would also help relieve overcrowding at the nearby Albermarle Road Elementary and Albermarle Road Middle schools.[16]


Although there is no library branch located within the boundaries of Eastland, it is however served by the Independence Regional and Hickory Grove branches of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, in the nearby neighborhoods of East Forest and Hickory Ridge, respectively.[17]

Sites of interest[edit]


  1. ^ "John Autry, District 5 Representative". City of Charlotte. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Neighborhood Profile Area (in acres)". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Neighborhood Profile Population". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Eastland-Wilora Lake". Google Maps. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wilora Lake". City-Data. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Eastland Mall demolition begins". Charlotte Observer. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Charlotte, NC to Eastland-Wilora Lake". Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Quality of Life Dashboard". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "System Map" (PDF). Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Transits Centers: Eastland Community Transit Center". Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "CityLYNX Gold Line". Charlotte Area Transit System. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "ACW Railway". Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 2015-16 Elementary, Middle, and High Schools" (PDF). Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Entrepreneur High School". Entrepreneur High School. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Troubled Entrepreneur High charter school closing its doors". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Despite protests from neighbors, Charlotte City Council approves Eastland sale to CMS". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Library Locations Map". Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Greenway Update 2008" (PDF). Mecklenburg County. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 

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Coordinates: 35°12′47″N 80°46′05″W / 35.213°N 80.768°W / 35.213; -80.768