Charlotte Douglas International Airport owns about 6,000 acres — which is 53 percent of all acreage owned by the city of Charlotte, Charlotte Aviation Director Brent Cagle said at the Realtor® Hot Topic in late August.
About a third of the 6,000 acres is not designated for airfield or terminal expansion. “We have purchased those approximately 2,000 acres from residents because of negative noise impacts,” Cagle explained. “The Airport Master Plan is focused on how to put those 2,000 acres back in use” for commercial purposes.
Finalized in March 2017, the Airport Master Plan identifies four development areas around the airport, with the largest being the Great Southern Development District, south of the airport toward Shopton Road.
Possible uses for that land are logistics and distribution, industrial, office/business park, entrepreneurial “flex” office/light industrial space and expansion of the Norfolk Southern intermodal yard.
The next largest area is the Gateway Development District north of the airport around Wilkinson Boulevard. The vision there is for hotels, meeting space, food and beverage, convenience retail and office.
The Billy Graham Corridor Development District east of the airport appears conducive to aviation support, logistics and distribution, convenience retail, professional services and flex space, according to the master plan.
The I-485 Development District to the west of the airport runs along the west side of the new runway expected to open in 2024, Cagle said. Possible land uses: logistics and distribution, office/business park, flex space, convenience retail and community services.