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Three Charlotte neighborhoods need more parking

CHARLOTTE–The Charlotte City Council is considering ways to add parking in NoDa, Plaza Midwood and SouthEnd neighborhoods.

In a memo to the council on Monday, interim City Manager Julie Burch wrote that current development in NoDa will eliminate about 185 privately owned parking spots used for public parking, and that parking was also a problem for the other two Charlotte neighborhoods.

Virginia-based Woodfield Partners, which specializes in high-end apartments, is developing a more than 200-unit apartment project in the neighborhood at the northeast corner of North Davidson and East 36th streets, the site of 185 parking spaces used by the public.

Woodfield’s development site plan includes a four-story apartment complex built around a parking deck. The development’s parking structure, according to plans, could be expanded to accommodate public parking. The site includes much of the block bordered by North Davidson, East 36th, North Alexander and Mercury streets.

Construction has not yet begun on the project, but is slated for mid-2013.

A recently completed parking-demand analysis revealed a need for parking in NoDa, and that was before the Woodfield project eliminated spaces, Burch said in the memo. It was neighbor concerns about how the Woodfield project would impact the area’s parking that prompted the study.

The city’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department is working with Woodfield on a plan to compensate for the loss of public parking.

A possible solution noted in Burch’s memo is a public-private partnership to add to Woodfield Partners’ planned parking deck that will serve the apartment complex. The council’s Economic Development Committee will review that solution.

The review of the potential partnership by the Economic Development Committee is standard procedure, according to Brad Richardson, Economic Development Manager for the city.

“We’re not reviewing the project itself, we’ll just be reviewing the public parking partnership,” Richardson said. These reviews are typically requested by the council or the city manager.

No potential solution was listed in the memo concerning Plaza Midwood or SouthEnd.

The NoDa project is the fourth Charlotte apartment complex Woodfield has begun since early last year.

Woodfield has six apartment developments in the Charlotte area: Camden Grandview, Elizabeth Square, Camden Dilworth, Gramercy Square at Ayrsley, Whitehall Parc (under construction) and Silos South End (under construction). Woodfield has apartment developments from Eastern Pennsylvania down the East Coast to the Charleston area. Its North Carolina developments are focused in the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham areas.

Bennett can be reached at (704) 247-2911, abbie.bennett@mecktimes.com or on Twitter at @AbbieRBennett.

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