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Developers get nod for future NoDa projects

CHARLOTTE – The City Council unanimously approved several rezoning petitions Monday, paving the way for mixed-use projects in NoDa and other prime spots near uptown and further south. Council members granted deferrals on other requests, and listened to concerns from city staff over the increased traffic a proposed residential and retail project could bring to south Charlotte.RezoningRoundUpPic2WEB

Petitioner DAMBCA got the green light to build up to 147 apartments in a mixed-use project on the east side of Matheson Avenue between North Brevard and North Davidson streets. The company also wants to develop 8,900 square feet of commercial space there. At a community meeting in May, representatives for the developer said 95 percent of the apartments would be one bedroom or studios, and that parking would be provided in structured decks underneath the residences.

The 1.6-acre property is near the Lynx Blue Line Extension project, which will extend from Ninth Street in center city through the North Davidson and University areas to UNC Charlotte. The line is slated to begin operating in 2017. DAMBCA requested a rezoning to mixed-use transit-oriented development with optional provisions from general industrial and mixed-use development with optional provisions.

And Flywheel Group won approval to develop nearly 16 vacant acres at the southeast corner of West 30th Street and Chick Godley Road. The property was rezoned to transit-oriented development and mixed-use with conditional provisions from urban residential, conditional. According to a community meeting on the project in May, plans could include up to 525 residential units.

Also in NoDa, developer 3106 North Davidson received approval to add a mixed-use project on less than 0.2 acres between East 34th and 35th streets. The property, east of North Davidson Street, had been zoned neighborhood business and is now classified as optional mixed-use development. Site plans call for 910 square feet of outdoor seating, 26 parking spaces for bicycles, and building heights of less than 40 feet.

To the west, Silver Hammer Properties got the go-ahead for its planned mixed-use development on 21 acres near the N.C. Music Factory.  Silver Hammer is an affiliate of The Ark Group, which owns and developed the Music Factory. Preliminary plans include office, retail, restaurant, hotel and residential uses. An apartment building will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom units – some with balconies – and include a rooftop terrace with a picnic and grilling area, Ark Group says. The property, currently used for offices and parking, is on the west side of Hamilton Street, south of Interstate 277. Silver Hammer sought a rezoning to mixed-used development district with optional provisions and five-year vested rights from general industrial with conditional provisions.

Also close to uptown, CitiSculpt got a boost with permission to build an office and retail development at West Morehead Street and Interstate 77. The project, dubbed Stadium West, would have about 70,000 square feet of office and street-level retail space. The half-acre property was rezoned to office district with pedestrian overlay from distributive business with conditional provisions and optional pedestrian overlay.

Spectrum Properties plans a transit-oriented project nearby, and got approval to build a mixed-use development on 0.7 acres at the intersection of South Tryon and West Catherine streets. The site, which holds a parking lot, had been zoned general industrial.

Meanwhile, owners of the Park Road Shopping Center are a step closer to redeveloping the retail venue with new restaurants and a financial institution. PRSC Holdings gained approval to rezone the 1.1-acre site of the former Monkey Joe’s inflatable play center along East Woodlawn Road to neighborhood services. The property had been zoned neighborhood business district.

On a smaller scale less than half a mile away, council members approved Lat Purser & Associates’ request to develop 4,700 square feet of retail space on the west side of Park Road south of East Woodlawn Road. A hair salon is currently at the site across from Montford Drive, which has become a popular nightlife destination with several bars and restaurants. Lat Purser & Associates sought to rezone the property to conditional mixed-use development district from office district.

Turning towards residential, Cottonwood Residential was permitted to rezone 4.3 vacant acres on the south side of Shopton Road between Courtney Oaks Road and South Tryon Street. The company wants to add 72 multifamily units to the existing Courtney Oaks Apartments. The south Charlotte property was rezoned to conditional multifamily residential from neighborhood services.

Several developers, meanwhile, requested a delay on a decision regarding their rezoning requests, including:

*Midtown Area Partners II’s petition to rezone 1.99 acres on the northeast corner of Baxter Street and South Kings Drive and the south side of Luther Street. Midtown wants to construct a 270,000-square-foot building for office, retail, residential or hotel use; up to 4,600 square feet of commercial space at street level; up to eight townhouses; and a parking structure. A decision is slated for Sept. 21.

*Park Sharon Properties’ request to rezone 4.7 acres at Park and Sharon roads. The developer wants to build a maximum of 18 townhomes and up to 42 for-rent or for-sale multifamily units. The multifamily building would be a maximum of four stories tall and include underground parking, while the townhomes would be up to three stories tall. The council will vote on the petition Aug. 24.

The City Council also voted to hold a new public hearing on Unique Southern Estates’ petition to rezone the historic VanLandingham Estate. The city staff recommended the company’s request go before a new public hearing because of changes in the developer’s plans, under which Unique Southern Estates sought to rezone 4.5 acres to build up to 19 townhomes and a private, members-only swimming pool and club.

The 101-year-old Harwood House, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, would continue to be used as a hotel and special events center. The public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21. In addition to the VanLandingham Estate Inn & Conference Center at The Plaza and Belvedere Avenue, Unique Southern Estates owns The Morehead Inn in Dilworth.

Finally, the city staff is so far not recommending a plan by Daniel Levine and Charlotte-based Raley Miller Properties Inc. to construct some 200 apartments and 95,000 square feet of retail space on nearly 11 acres at Providence and Fairview roads, replacing an older apartment complex.

The staff is concerned about the potential impact on traffic the development might have, particularly at the heavily used intersection of Fairview and Providence roads. The staff said it was working to ensure both pedestrian and auto connectivity with adjacent residential developments, as well as to minimize the impact an additional 8,300 vehicle trips per day would bring to the area.  Jeff Brown, who represented the developers, said they were working with the city and the N.C. Department of Transportation to resolve the outstanding transportation issues.

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