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Council hears Quail Hollow plans; Halvorsen, Marsh projects get the green light

Completion of the first phase of the Sedgefield Shopping Center and neighborhood redevelopment project, which will be retail space, could be late 2016 or early 2017. Illustration courtesy city of Charlotte

Completion of the first phase of the Sedgefield Shopping Center and neighborhood redevelopment project, which will be retail space, could be late 2016 or early 2017. Illustration courtesy 505 Design

Dee Dee Harris requested Monday night that the Charlotte City Council approve changes to her rezoning petition to develop Quail Hollow Village, telling City Council members, “This is not a rezoning. It’s an amendment to rezoning.” Harris said the modifications would allow more flexible use of the 19 acres at the southeast corner of Park and Gleneagles roads.

It was one of several issues put forth to council members, who voted unanimously to approve rezoning requests for several projects, including Halvorsen Development’s controversial plans to build a retail and residential mixed-use community that would include 292 multifamily units; Time Warner Cable’s proposal to add 260,881 square feet of office space on its 85 acres on the north side of West Arrowood Road; and Marsh Properties’ goal of redeveloping nearly 60 acres on the east side of South Boulevard for retail, residential and office uses.

Republican Councilman Ed Driggs of District 7 and Democratic at-large Councilman David Howard were absent.

At a public hearing with no opponents of the south Charlotte project voicing their opinions, Harris told council members that she now wants to expand the residential component of Quail Hollow Village to include 350 for-sale or rental units and add a Park Road access point to the vacant property. Previous plans called for 290 residential dwellings.

The tract is overgrown and fenced since earth was moved during an initial development attempt in the early 2000s, a plan that included a Saks Fifth Avenue store. Now, along with the residential design, plans call for a 200-room hotel; 120,000 square feet of retail and restaurants; 65,000 square feet of specialty retail and service industry; 120,000 square feet of office space; and a parking structure in the southeast corner. Office, residential and hospitality space would be built over ground-floor retail, with both surface and structured parking.

Harris said she had lined up anchor tenants for the property, a prospective joint-venture partner for the village’s retail component, a partner for developing the apartments and a hotel owner. She did not provide any names. Harris said her petition is slated to go to the city zoning committee for review next week.

Meanwhile, the City Council approved by a 9-0 vote Halvorsen Development Corp.’s request to change the zoning on its property to commercial center district, along with a site plan amendment, from single-family residential and commercial center district. The amendment proposed a slight modification in the size of the site, which aside from a single-family house is currently vacant, to 33.8 acres from 33.6 acres.

In October, residents from the northeast Charlotte area voiced opposition at a public hearing on the proposed mixed-use project, saying they preferred home ownership to rental units. There also were concerns that the 292-apartment and retail project would be approved before the more encompassing Prosperity Hucks Plan is finalized.

The city is proposing the plan to guide development in the fast-growing area near the Huntersville and Cabarrus County lines, especially in light of the anticipated opening of nearby Interstate 485 in the spring. On both sides of I-485, there are several large tracts of undeveloped land.

The plan seeks to provide a blueprint for the creation of a walkable, mixed-use “village”; improved traffic flow; and integrated greenways, bike paths and parks with higher density development at the core transitioning to lower density development at the outskirts.

Neighborhood groups in the area have protested, at meetings and on the streets, proposals for apartments near the intersection of Prosperity Church Road and the new I-485 extension. The neighbors want to see more retail shops and open space and are concerned about traffic congestion that could accompany high-density development.

Charlotte’s Zoning Committee found Halvorsen Development’s petition to be consistent with the draft plan, and recommended approval of the rezoning petition. The development would be accessible from Ridge, Prosperity Church, and Benefield roads.

The City Council also approved Time Warner’s petition to rezone its property on the north side of West Arrowood Road between Woodknoll Drive and Red Oak Boulevard to conditional office along with a site plan amendment from conditional neighborhood business and office. The cable provider wants to construct three new buildings, a satellite farm and two new parking decks, bringing Time Warner’s total office space at the site to nearly 1.2 million square feet.

Marsh Properties’ request to redevelop 59.4 acres on the east side of South Boulevard also got the green light. The council unanimously approved the rezoning of the area between – and on both sides of – Poindexter Drive and Elmhurst Road in South End to mixed-use development, optional and urban residential, conditional with five-year vested rights. The property had been zoned neighborhood business, general business, office, multifamily residential and single-family residential.

Marsh Properties is hoping to “revitalize” the Sedgefield community with a $190 million redevelopment of the Sedgefield Shopping Center, as well as a Sedgefield neighborhood.

The company hopes to establish up to 980 multifamily housing units, up to 100,000 square feet of office space, and 98,000 square feet of retail stores. The site currently has 303 housing units, all of which will be torn down in phases to make way for the new units.

The development period is projected at eight to 10 years.

In September, neighbors expressed opposition to the project at a public hearing, citing the increased traffic it would bring. They said tripling the number of housing units on the site would also triple the number of cars going in and out of the neighborhood.

“If you’re going to put 980 units in a neighborhood, and you want people to use all the amenities around you, you have to make the adjustments in your infrastructure to do that,” said Deborah Robinson, president of Sedgefield’s Neighborhood Association.

The opposing representatives also mentioned the lack of bike lanes and dilapidated sidewalks in the neighborhood.

Completion of the first phase of the project, which will be retail space, could be late 2016 or early 2017. Almost half the site’s allocated retail space will be dedicated to building a new Harris Teeter grocery store. This marks the return of the grocery store chain to the Sedgefield community; the second Harris Teeter that was ever built resided in the Sedgefield Shopping Center from 1960 until 1988.

The store will be modeled after its mid-20th century predecessor, and smaller shops will provide outdoor spaces for gathering and views from rooftop dining. The retail space will be leased by Aston Properties of Charlotte.

Other rezoning petitions that were approved include:

  • Provident Land Services’ request to build up to 658 single-family residential units along with 30,000 square feet of retail space on the east and west side of Amos Smith Road, south of Old Dowd Road and the Southern Railroad. The company requested a rezoning to mixed use, innovative Lake Wylie and Lower Lake Wylie Critical Area, neighborhood services, with a site plan amendment from mixed use, innovative Lake Wylie and Lower Lake Wylie Critical Area, neighborhood services. The petition allowed for minor changes to a site plan approved in 2005.
  • Developer 7th Street Progression Partners’ application to build a four-story, 91-unit multifamily project  on 1.5 acres on the north side of East Seventh Street between Pecan and Clement avenues. The petition required a switch to a mixed-use development, optional designation from business zoning. The proposed multifamily building’s parking lot would be shielded from Seventh Street by ground-floor units. Much of the parking would be under overhanging second- through fourth-floor units, according to the company’s site plan.
  • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department’s bid to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to clarify the height limitations on buildings in various districts.  The council approved by a vote of 8-1. Democrat Patsy Kinsey of District 1 voted against the amendment.
  • New Carolina Income Properties’ request for a zoning change on .75 acres in Dilworth to build 12 town houses with individual garages. The property, on the northeast corner of East Tremont and Euclid avenues, was rezoned to transit-oriented development – residential, optional, historic district overlay from urban residential, conditional, historic district overlay. The site plan says the two buildings will have a maximum height of 50 feet, not to exceed three stories along Tremont Avenue and 2.5 stories along Euclid Avenue. About 20 percent of the development will be open space.

 

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