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April 5, 2023

The largest swath of undeveloped land left in Charlotte is under construction

Take an exit off I-485 in west Charlotte and you’ll hardly feel like you’re in the city anymore.

  • Between the Catawba River and the world’s sixth-busiest airport, greenery spans thousands of acres. Single-family homes dot the roadside, along with a small grill serving a cheeseburger called the “Sasquatch.”

Driving the news: For the past seven years, Charlotte developer Crescent Communities and the local government have been planning a 1,400…

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March 18, 2022

River District is taking shape

The River District is beginning to take shape in west Charlotte. And it’s promising to reshape Charlotte’s growth far beyond the 1,400 acres Crescent Communities is developing there.

With new details just released to the Charlotte Business Journal, it’s now clear Crescent is pushing the boundaries for what is considered mixed-use development. The River District will essentially be a town — complete with a main street and town center — anchoring that area of the city. 

Crescent Managing Director …

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January 6, 2021

Construction to begin this year

By Ashley Fahey for Charlotte Business Journal

It's been nearly five years since plans to develop 1,400 acres of land alongside the Catawba River in west Charlotte into a master-planned, mixed-use district were first unveiled.

After closing on land that will serve as the front door of that development, called The River District, Crescent Communities says it will begin the first phase of construction this year. Before the end of 2020, Charlotte-based Crescent Communities acquired 7.8 undeveloped a…

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February 12, 2019

Take a Trail Through The River District

Charlotte is growing, yet it still boasts bountiful natural resources and wild, undeveloped land. The River District, with amenities focused on outdoor recreation, community and lifelong learning, will incorporate the best of both worlds: a thriving master-planned community in the heart of nature. Tucked into this gem just minutes from Uptown Charlotte are some of the city’s newest trails. Not just for mountain biking or hiking, these greenways beckon runners, walkers and wanderers, too. Here’s …

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September 17, 2018

Joining Forces to Build a More Diverse, Inclusive Community

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. As the adage suggests, we can make greater progress by joining forces than we can by working in silos. This summer, we took another step toward realizing our vision of a more diverse and inclusive community.

Several elected officials — including James Mitchell and Larken Egleston from Charlotte City Council, and Pat Cotham from Mecklenburg County Commission — and more than 50 local minority, women and small business enterprise…

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August 27, 2018

4.5 Acres in the River District Donated to Affordable Housing

Crescent Communities today announced it will donate 4.5 acres of land to Foundation For The Carolinas for the construction of affordable housing within The River District in west Charlotte. The gift, valued at $2 million, is the first of its kind as part of the Foundation-led effort to raise $50 million from the private sector – potentially a combination of cash, equity, debt, land and/or favorable lending rates – to address Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis.
The 4.5-acre site – which will b…

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August 3, 2018

Bringing the Soul of a City to the Heart of Nature

Just west of uptown Charlotte, something special is coming to life.

Here, on 1,400 acres bordered by the Catawba River, The River District will crystallize as a master-planned community unlike anywhere else in the region, distinguished by natural features that heavily influence the landscape just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Uptown's kinetic energy. 

"For a long time, particularly here in the United States, most people assumed city life and Mother Nature were mutually exclusive, a…

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September 26, 2017

Infrastructure reimbursements approved

Charlotte City Council approves public dollars for road work improvement. The money will help cover the cost of widening Dixie River and Garrison roads, streetscape improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists, extending West Boulevard, and building a water line.

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July 12, 2017


The River District today released findings of an independent economic impact study highlighting significant community benefits to local, regional and state economies. Crescent Communities, in conjunction with fellow Charlotte developer Lincoln Harris, will develop the 1,400-acre landmark mixed-use community over three decades. When complete, it is expected be one of the largest master planned communities ever built in Charlotte.

The study, conducted by GAI Consultants earlier this year, is availa…

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June 30, 2017

Boosting Job Growth

The River District could generate 50,000 jobs boosting tax base by an estimated $2.7B with its plans for 4,500 homes, 1,000 hotel rooms, 500,000 square feet of retail and restaurants and 8 million square feet of office space. See video: insert link here

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The River District is city and nature in harmony.


Connecting City Life with Natural Splendor

Just west of a thriving metropolis and situated amid natural stillness, The River District will be a 1,400-acre master-planned community unlike anywhere else in Charlotte. With a unique location, The River District combines the beauty of the Catawba River with convenient proximity to vibrant Uptown Charlotte. A diverse community with a full spectrum of residential and commercial offerings, this is where trails, riverways and innovative thinking converge, making life at The River District truly boundless.

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A Natural Wonder in West Charlotte

Close to Charlotte-area highways and interstates, a 15-minute drive from Uptown, a five-minute drive to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and a stroll from outdoor adventure, The River District provides residents and visitors ease of access to the best of city life and the outdoors. The neighboring Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth-busiest airport in the world, is one of the top reasons many companies bring their businesses to Charlotte. Its proximity to The River District allows for an early morning kayak before heading Uptown for a board meeting, or a nonstop flight to Europe after an afternoon of mountain biking by the river.

Master Plan

A Vision for The River District

The River District is an opportunity to create a different type of community for Charlotte — a dynamic live, work and play environment with a unique sense of place. With its organic blend of urban life and natural allure, this mixed-use walkable community will enhance the lives of its residents, workers and visitors while providing a lasting legacy for the region. Through stewardship of environmental, social and financial sustainability, The River District is designed to stand the test of time while improving lives along the way.

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For over half a century, Crescent Communities has helped define moments that matter for everyone that lives, works and plays at our properties. Our mission is to create commercial/mixed use, multifamily and land sales that cultivate communities, grow relationships and establish legacies. We are based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and our offices and developments cross some of the most active real estate markets in the country.