From Farmland to Urban Destination
Our commitment to Ballantyne dates back 25 years, when Smokey Bissell engaged LandDesign to lead the initial land planning effort that transformed the undeveloped, heavily wooded site into a booming submarket of Charlotte. This rich history and context provided our team with a deep understanding of the infrastructure challenges and untapped potential at Ballantyne as it developed over time.
The Heart of Ballantyne Reimagined
One of the driving forces behind Ballantyne Reimagined was repositioning private amenities for public use, and the golf course at The Ballantyne Hotel presented our team with the ideal setting for a signature public park. The six-acre course was redeveloped as a nature-focused park, known as Stream Park, that encourages play for all ages. The site’s complex topography creates a multi-dimensional experience with meandering trails, play areas, garden rooms, and expansive lawns. A restored stream immerses the park in a thriving natural habitat, and a retention pond collects and treats runoff while functioning as a visual amenity for park guests.
Creating Regional Connections
An extensive 20-mile multi-modal trail network includes strategic connections to Charlotte's regional greenway system. As a frequent consultant to Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, LandDesign was able to establish a critical connection to McAlpine Greenway, enhancing accessibility from Ballantyne Reimagined to the greater recreational system.
Creating Community-Wide Benefit
For decades, Ballantyne built a reputation for being an exclusive community. However, Northwood Development challenged that stigma by forming relationships with local leaders to create community-wide benefit. LandDesign created alignment between all stakeholders to find alternative funding solutions for greenway connectivity, infrastructure improvements, and future transit linkages.
LandDesign’s multi-disciplinary perspective and understanding of how to collaborate with public entities has been valuable in implementing this master plan.
— Clifton Coble, Senior Vice President, Northwood Development
Ballantyne Reimagined required everything we have to offer — our experience in master planning, approach to adaptable infrastructure, and expertise in open space design. Ready to dive deeper into the details? Check out this episode of Pragmatic Visions where our LandDesigners share their first-hand experience with shepherding this visionary master plan.