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Percival McGuire wins OK for zoning change

The Charlotte City Council has OK’d a rezoning petition filed by Charlotte-based commercial real estate company Percival McGuire for approximately 23.96 acres south of West W.T. Harris Boulevard between Interstate 485 and Reames Road.

Approval was given to change the area’s zoning from residential, or R-3, to neighborhood services, or NS.

The project will include 62,000 square feet of mixed-use nonresidential development. It calls for five buildings on the site, including a sit-down restaurant or bank, a drive-thru restaurant, a day care and two buildings devoted to office, retail or a restaurant. A maximum of two drive-thru windows will be allowed. The plan also includes 16.5 acres of undeveloped open space.

The city’s zoning committee recommended May 25 that the rezoning petition be approved because it is consistent with the so-called Northlake Area Plan, even though the amount of proposed retail square footage exceeds the NAP’s limit of 10,000 square feet of retail per development. Two commissioners opposed the recommendation.

City staff told the zoning committee that it supports the plan partially because it creates an interconnected development that enhances proposed greenway corridors, according to information provided to the City Council.

It was the last item on the agenda for the council Monday night. Four hours into the meeting, council members blessed the rezoning petition without discussion and quickly adjourned to go home.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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