A new waterfront restaurant is coming to Lake Wylie.
Developers of the McLean property in Belmont presented a plan May 18 for a new marina and restaurant to the Lake Wylie Marine Commission. The McLean master plan shows the marina on the east side of South New Hope Road, near the bridge crossing into North Carolina.
Steven Hinshaw, principal with NW Lake Wylie, said the restaurant and marina are a couple of years from opening. A site plan hasn’t been developed, but Hinshaw says the restaurant will include docks for boaters.
“We’re excited about it, but we’re still in the site plan process,” he said.
McLean is a 670-acre community with three neighborhoods and several commercial properties on the former Seven Oaks property. McLean will have 800 homes once built. Construction should begin in August or September on the first homes.
The homes surrounding the marina and restaurant site will be some of the last constructed.
“We’ve still got a ways to go,” Hinshaw said.
Two lakefront restaurants include T-Bones on the Lake in South Carolina and Riverview Inn in Charlotte on the north end of the lake on the Catawba River.
“A restaurant on the lake, that would be a winner,” said Susan Bromfield, president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. “There hasn’t been a new one in decades.”
Marine commissioner Robert Biggerstaff said no one raised objections to the plan.
“It’s going to be great for Lake Wylie,” he said.
The marina will be an added perk for boaters with 300 dry slips and 40 wet slips planned.
“It’s a dry stack facility,” Hinshaw said. “We will have some wet slips that will be available for staging, that sort of thing.”
McLean will include miles of waterfront and interior trails, a community center with swimming pool complex and land donated for a public park. Developers acquired the property in 2013 and annexed most of it into Belmont. A small strip of residential property sits in York County.
Developers plan to unveil renovations to the former Seven Oaks home in June.
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