Charlotte’s Ballantyne area is unique in how significant this part of Charlotte has become in such a short period of time. Historically, this area was known as the Providence Township and until the early 90’s, it was mostly farm land. At that time, there wasn’t a loop highway circling the city and the only major road was Johnston Road – which had to be extended to go to the new area.
Bordered by I-485 to the north, Pineville to the west, Blakeney to the east, and South Carolina to the south, is Charlotte’s southern business district complete with shopping, housing, and great restaurants.
Developed by the Bissell Companies, the centerpiece of Ballantyne is the corporate park. When proposed in 1991, the goal was to use it to lure Sears out of Ohio (I’m sure the Belk family was not to thrilled about that). Well, Sears didn’t come but the corporate park. is home to MetLife, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, SPX, Snyders-Lance just to name a few. The corporate park is so popular that they’re still expanding and building more office space today.
The area known as Ballantyne refers to the area inside the 4 monument markers, which includes the Ballantyne Resort and Golf Club, the corporate park, the Ballantyne Village, as well as the neighborhoods of Ballantyne County Club, Charlestown, Kensington at Ballantyne and Thornhill. The adjacent neighborhoods are more commonly referred to as the Ballantyne Area since the neighborhood name Ballantyne is trademarked and still owned by the developer.
As far as significance goes, consider this: without Ballantyne, you wouldn’t have the Stonecrest Shopping Center or Blakeney (and the 3 Target stores that are with 5 miles). It’s likely that the Lynx Blue Line light rail wouldn’t parallel South Blvd nor would there be a Carolina Place Mall (planned originally in the 1960’s but wasn’t built until 1991). Ardrey Kell High School, Community House Middle School and Hawk Ridge, Ballantyne and Endhaven Elementary schools (one of the highest rated school alignments in the state) likely wouldn’t be. Also, the township we know as Indian Land in South Carolina would definitely not be what it is today.