If you were reading this blog from thousands of miles away, and hadn’t been here lately, you might think Stephens Grove consisted of a few nice houses out in the wilderness somewhere. And indeed, we do have some unspoiled nature nearby — as we keep mentioning, there’s Buckeye Cove Nature Preserve right next door.
Which is nice.
But go a little farther, and there’s a lot going on around here. Especially if you haven’t been here in awhile.
One former resident of Stephens Grove remembers Birkdale Village as a place that was around “since I was in middle school,” which is to say, since 2003. She remembered it as a pretty fun place with a movie theater, restaurants, stores and apartments.
But when she went home for a visit recently, “I was shocked.” There was just so much more.
Have you seen the headlines in The Charlotte Observer about Birkdale over the last couple of years? Sample:
- Birkdale Village, among the area’s first mixed-use developments, to get new life
- Latest changes at Birkdale Village include 2 new stores, with one based in Charlotte
- Birkdale Village redevelopment brings in a new restaurant, several stores. What to know
- New look at $20 million Birkdale Village renovation, as more shops prepare to open
- Birkdale Village adds seven retailers, including three restaurants with Charlotte roots
- 12-story hotel, 350 multifamily units planned for Birkdale Village in Huntersville
You can find links to plenty of other media reports on this page at Birkdale’s website.
Here’s how Visit Lake Norman has recently described what’s going on:
North American Properties’ (NAP) $20 million redevelopment of Birkdale Village in Huntersville is under way. The company’s leasing team is continuing to elevate the mixed-use destination’s retail experience and creating a modern-day community gathering place including new retail, eateries, upscale outdoor lounge areas, concierge and valet. “Through our merchandising revamp, we aim to transform Birkdale Village into a one-stop shop, offering visitors access to the best in dining, fashion, home goods, self-care and everything in between, all in one connected location,” said Adam Schwegman, partner and senior vice president of leasing at NAP.
Or to keep it simple, quoting our returning resident: “I think you can just say how it’s a great place for families to go for entertainment.” Also, looking ahead a bit, “It’s great for holiday shopping.”
Of course, if you blink around here, there’s more growth.
WSOC-TV reported this over the weekend: Shane Seagle, who grew up in Huntersville, is now “a managing partner of Cornelius-based NorthState Development, which broke ground on Thursday on Huntersville Town Center. The mixed-use project at 113 Gilead Road calls for an investment of over $60 million and will include a range of housing types and commercial space.”
It’s hard to keep up….