Built in 1975, the former Eastland Mall was situated on 90 acres located approximately five miles east of Charlotte’s City Center. The mall, which housed more than 1 million square feet of retail space, was a center-oriented mall with large anchor stores surrounding a core of smaller, in-line retail spaces. Eastland Mall was an economic anchor and center of commerce and activity for three decades. Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, the mall was considered by many to be the finest mall in Charlotte and the place to see and be seen. However, spurred by changing demographics, retail shifts, and an increased perception of crime, the mall began experiencing a steep decline in the 1990s.
The Eastland Area Plan, adopted by City Council in 2003, established a vision for the Eastland Mall and the surrounding area. The small area plan envisioned a vibrant community defined by a unique town center, attractive mixed-use corridors and distinct gateways. It included a mix of housing types, easy access to a multi-modal and connected transportation system and a unified community.