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Tanger Outlet gets green light

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The City of Charlotte is calling it a win win.

The Tanger Outlet cleared another hurdle, after getting the Green Light from the Economic Development Committee.

What this means is they pay for road construction and infrastructure improvements, and are reimbursed by city and country tax dollars after the project is completed.

900 new jobs and another 200 construction jobs are expected.

With a city council known for its recent divisiveness, everyone was on the same page when it came to approving the financial package.

Brad Richardson from the City of Charlotte gave the project a thumbs up.

"It would be recommended that the council authorize the city of charlotte execute this infrastructure agreement," he said.

Moments after taking the financial incentives from the city and running from the meeting, the developers were sparse in their words, especially when it came to the issue of environmental impact.

Jeff Brown is the attorney representing the developers.

He said, "We're continuing to work with staff and others on that."

Brown's Cove in Southwest Charlotte, and residents say when new development is built runoff and debris fills this part of Lake Wylie.

Sam Perkins is the Director of Technical Programs with the Catawba River Keeper.

"The key is holding them accountable to clean up their property and entered someone else's property," He said.

Residents of the cove say flooding has been an issue, and developers are promising monitoring stations like these, but will they provide enough warning.

The cove is in Lawana Mayfield's district.

She said,  "As soon as I was notified we started having conversations not only with staff, but conversations with the developers and they have instituted additional measures.  

Ground be broken in July near I-485 and Steele Creek Raod and the outlet could open by the summer of 2014.

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