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Pappas breaks ground on town center in Steele Creek

An illustration of how developer Pappas Properties envisions the build-out of the Berewick Town Center in Steele Creek. Courtesy Pappas Properties

An illustration of how developer Pappas Properties envisions the build-out of the Berewick Town Center in Steele Creek. Courtesy Pappas Properties

Pappas Properties broke ground on its Berewick Town Center on Thursday, with construction now beginning on a Harris Teeter grocery store.

The 92-acre shopping center is part of a 1,200-acre master-planned community on Steele Creek Road in southwest Charlotte. Berewick includes single-family and town home villages and more than 300 acres of green space, ponds and walking trails surrounding a 5,200-square-foot activity center named The Manor House.

“We are thrilled to begin construction of the town center,” said Peter A. Pappas, president of Pappas Properties, in a statement. “Our team dedicated itself to delivering a high quality master planned community at Berewick complete with a town center and desirable grocery store, restaurants and shopping, and it is truly gratifying to see it get started.”

The $60 million first phase of the Town Center will include a Walgreens, retail space, restaurants, a hotel and the 53,000-square-foot Harris Teeter at the intersections of Dixie River Road, Steele Creek Road and Shopton Road West. It is expected to be complete by summer 2016. There is currently no timetable for phase two, according to Pappas Properties.

When finished, the project is expected to have 250,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, hotel and professional and medical office space, and possibly apartments. A hotelier has not yet been identified.

Shelco is the general contractor on the project, and Shook Kelley and LandDesign are the architects and engineers. Brian Roth of Pappas Properties is marketing Berewick, its outparcels and office space, and Gwen Glaeser of CNL represents the development and its retail and shop space leasing.

Berewick is one of the most rapidly developing areas of Charlotte, near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the Charlotte Premium Outlets mall, and the South Carolina border.

The developers expected construction of the town center to begin sooner, but the project was stalled by the recession, according to the company.

The development’s names are drawn from Scottish pioneers who settled the area in the late 1700s, according to the website, and include the villages of Glasgow, Abernathy, Inverness and Castlecove.

Berewick began developing in 2004, and is about 70 percent complete. So far 1,200 single-family homes and 180 town homes have been built, and another 550 homes and 110 town homes are expected to be completed at build-out.

Currently listed town home prices range from the mid- to high-$100,000s, and homes are selling in the $200,000s. Homebuilders are D.R. Horton, Eastwood Homes, Lennar Homes, Mattamy Homes and Ryan Homes.

The Manor House includes a great room, a kitchen designed for catering, a children’s activity center and a fitness room. The subdivision also includes a Junior Olympic-size pool and a splash pool, a large patio with grills, and an event lawn.

Nearby is Berewick Elementary School, which opened in 2009, and the planned 195-acre Berewick District Park.

Pappas Properties, established in 1999, has been involved in the development of Phillips Place in SouthPark, the Metropolitan in midtown, Birkdale and Birkdale Village in Huntersville, and Charlotte Cotton Mills in uptown.

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