Development coming to North Belmont
Nov 21, 2019 10:54AM
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By Alan Hodge
North Belmont is poised for a major commercial development.
At the November 11 meeting of the Belmont city council, that body approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for construction of a large business park at Woodlawn and Cason streets. The development will be known as River West Business Park. The rezoning applicant was Belmont Industrial, LLC represented by Scott Bortzk.
The rezoning plans are for two warehouse and office structures to built with a total area of 60,000 sq. ft. The property where the project will take place is owned by Alliance Real Estate III. When completed, it is estimated the project could generate 250 to 350 new jobs. The project will likely require road improvements one of which would eliminate the blind intersection at Acme Rd. and Woodlawn and also shut Centerview St.
The 40 acre site where the development is slated has a long and interesting history going back to the 19th century when it was part of a 500 acre plot that Robert Smith purchased from Catawba Indians in 1830 for $1,000.
Later, the land was the site of Acme Spinning Mill. That textile facility opened around 1920 and operated not one, but two mills. It also had a village of company houses
as well as a baseball field for workers and their families. In 1986, “the Acme” as it was known, was sold to Parkdale Mills who kept it going until 2002. In 2005 the mill and many of its houses was torn down. Since then, the field has remained unused except for a brief time a couple of years ago when it was a boarding station and stop for a Christmas train ride feature.