The Charlotte City Council has approved a rezoning requested by Boston-based The Community Builders, which was seeking the change for property it is redeveloping as part of its plans for two NoDa mills it bought last year.
TCB bought the Johnston and Mecklenburg mills and 10.3 acres of land from the city for $1.2 million. The company plans to convert the mills into housing, some of which will be affordable.
Thanks to the city’s plans to extend the Lynx Blue Line light-rail route, TCB asked for a rezoning from urban residential conditional and general industrial to transit-oriented development.
Such a rezoning would allow the developers to include retail and other commercial uses at the site.
“The land is currently zoned for multifamily use, but we feel like the rail line and new transit station mean there is a real chance for some new development if we can get it rezoned to transit-oriented development,” Rob Fossi, TCB vice president, told The Mecklenburg Times earlier this year.
Fossi said the rezoning would allow TCB to build a multiuse facility with residential, retail and other commercial space.
The council approved the zoning request Monday.