CHARLOTTE-Home Depot has agreed to have a 100,000-sf Expo Design Center as the anchor at the planned Midtown Square redevelopment, but after a year of negotiations with the city, developer Pappas Properties still needs a rezoning approval to begin the 26-acre, mixed-use project.

Industry sources say Home Depot is targeting a summer 2002 opening. Pappas needs an OK to develop a maximum 850,000 sf of retail and office, 200 hotel rooms and 500 residential units in the estimated $300-million venture.

Pappas hasn’t yet purchased the land or bought out the leases of existing tenants at the shopping center.

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