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Time Warner Cable seeks approval for expansion on North Sharon Amity Road

CHARLOTTE — Time Warner Cable is planning a 3,500-square-foot expansion of its switching station on North Sharon Amity Road. According to one Time Warner official, the expansion is necessary, in part, so that the company can meet increasing customer demand.

A switching station is a building that transmits signals for a cable television network and the Internet.

The company is seeking from the city a rezoning of 7 acres for the project. According to the rezoning request filed by the communications giant, the land at 1500 N. Sharon Amity Road is zoned for office use, but the company wants a lower-density office zoning.

According to plans filed with the city, the expanded portion of the switching station would be about 25 feet tall and have its own climate-control system and a generator.

“We are expanding the existing building to keep up with growth in demand for services,” Melissa Buscher, Time Warner spokeswoman, said. “And we are able to move some similar functions in that area into this new building to consolidate a little and increase efficiency.”

Durham-based Credle Engineering Co. is drawing the plans for the project. According to plans filed with the city, Ronald Touchstone of Charlotte is the project’s architect.

The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the rezoning request Nov. 12.

Scott Baughman can be reached at scott.baughman@mecktimes.com or (704) 247-2911.

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