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90-acre Waverly development public hearing delayed

CHARLOTTE – The developers of a large, mixed-use subdivision on Providence Road just south of Interstate 485 have agreed to delay the Charlotte City Council initial public hearing on their rezoning request.

Bales of hay sit along Providence Road where the proposed Waverly mixed-use development would be if the Charlotte City Council agrees to change the zoning of the 90-acre site. Photo by Nell Redmond

Bales of hay sit along Providence Road where the proposed Waverly mixed-use development would be if the Charlotte City Council agrees to change the zoning of the 90-acre site. Photo by Nell Redmond

Providence Farms LLC – a joint company formed by a pair of Charlotte’s most powerful developers – was to present its rezoning request for the Waverly retail-residential-office-hotel proposal to the council on Dec. 16.

The Charlotte Planning Department requested and received a deferment until Jan. 21 from Childress Klein Properties and Crosland Southeast on the 90-acre rezoning request.

“The City of Charlotte planning staff requested we delay the hearing – even prior to the (Nov. 12) community meeting – because they wanted more time to review our design details for items such as landscape buffers, building treatments and fenestration, which all takes time for this scale of project,” Peter B. Pappas, a partner at Crosland, wrote in an email.

Pappas said the rezoning request was further complicated by the developers’ recent announcement that David Weekley Homes of Houston will build the 150 or so single-family and town homes planned for 18 acres of the development and Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners will develop the 375-apartment complex scheduled to be on another 18 acres.

“With the recent addition of project developers for the residential components, we thought it would be best to integrate the new design team and design details into the process in order to provide even more specificity to the rezoning aspects.”

The development, which is just outside Charlotte city limits but within the city’s extra-territorial planning jurisdiction, would comprise up to 250,000 square feet of retail, anchored by an “upscale grocery store,” 90,000 square feet of restaurant and retail surrounding a public plaza, four office and medical buildings, parking decks, 180 single-family homes and 375 apartments.

The developers are seeking to rezone most of the area to two mixed-use “innovative” city planning categories, MUDD-O and MX-2, and are offering to make significant road and other infrastructure improvements in and near the development.

The Jan. 21 City Council public hearing will be at 6 p.m. in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte.

For more on the Waverly rezoning request, go to rezoning.org, click on 2013 Petitions and follow the link to Petition 2013-085.

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