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Rezonings sought for residential, mixed-use projects

Residential construction shows no signs of waning, with developers seeking rezonings for single-family and townhome projects in south Charlotte and a large apartment complex in NoDa.  Mixed-use projects also are in the works, with Faison Enterprises proposing a transit-oriented development on more than 4 acres in NoDa and renewing plans for retail and apartments in the Elizabeth neighborhood.

The Charlotte City Council will hold public hearings on the requested rezonings Jan. 19.

The anticipated completion of the Blue Line extension, left, along North Brevard Street, has attracted development. Wood Partners recently submitted a rezoning request for land, right, on which it wants to build up to 280 apartments. Photo by Sharon Roberts

The anticipated completion of the Blue Line extension, left, along North Brevard Street, has attracted development. Wood Partners recently submitted a rezoning request for land, right, on which it wants to build up to 280 apartments. Photo by Sharon Roberts

On the residential front, Selwyn Property Group Investments filed a petition to rezone more than 2 acres at Park Road and Wyndcrofte Place to accommodate up to 19 townhomes. The company is seeking a rezoning to multifamily residential with conditional provisions from single-family residential. The property is near the Madison Park neighborhood, where Richter Development wants to build 49 townhomes on nearly 2.5 vacant acres at the southern edge of East Woodlawn Road between Halstead Drive and Drexmore Avenue. Each of the for-sale homes would include 400 square feet of private space, site plans say, and none of the homes would exceed 45 feet in height. Surface parking would be screened from view. Richter Development wants a rezoning to urban residential with conditional provisions from single-family residential with conditional provisions.

Both sites are within walking distance to the Park Road Shopping Center and Montford Drive, which has become a popular nightlife destination with several bars and restaurants.

Further north, Wood Partners of Atlanta wants to build up to 280 apartments at North Brevard and East 25th streets near the Blue Line light rail extension. Design Resource Group of Charlotte is working on the project, which includes a parking garage. Site plans say the building would be no taller than 120 feet. It is just one of several apartment developments in the works that want to capitalize on the light rail’s expansion from Ninth Street in center city through the North Davidson and University areas to UNC Charlotte. The project is slated for completion in 2017.

Earlier this fall, the City Council approved Southern Apartment Group’s petition to build a transit-oriented residential and mixed-used development on 27th Street between North Davidson Street and Yadkin Avenue. The company wants to build up to 250 apartments with structured parking and renovate a 1920’s-era warehouse on 3.6 acres. And Crescent Communities got the nod this year to rezone nearly 7 acres at East 36th Street and North Davidson Street for a possible hotel, multifamily development and for-sale housing. Developer DAMBCA was also given 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.

Also on Jan. 19, the city council will hear public comments on Faison Enterprises rezoning petition for a 4.3-acre mixed-use development at North Davidson and East 26th Street. The property is zoned for industrial use, which Faison Enterprises wants to change to transit-oriented, mixed use with conditional provisions. The site is currently occupied by the CenterState@NoDa event and wedding venue.

The developer has filed a separate request to rezone nearly 1.7 acres in the Elizabeth neighborhood to build up to 150 apartments and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space in a building no higher than four stories. Plans for the site, which currently houses restaurant and bar Jackalope Jacks, include a structured parking deck. The commercial property at East Seventh Street between North Caswell Road and Clement Avenue is currently zoned for neighborhood services, which Faison Enterprises wants to reclassify to mixed-use development with conditional provisions.

Faison Enterprises withdrew a previous rezoning petition it filed with the city in June to build up to 200 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space at the site. That request could have been subject to a protest petition, which if there were sufficient opposition to the project, would have required that three-fourths of the City Council approve the rezoning. But state legislation this summer eliminated the use of protest petitions, meaning that Faison Enterprises’ request now requires a simple majority of six favorable City Council votes to gain approval, opposed to the nine supermajority votes required for protested rezoning petitions filed before Aug. 1.

Further south, Blanchard Family LLC of Belmont is seeking to build some 40 attached residences and one detached home on Carmel Road in south Charlotte. Two single-family homes occupy the 5.1-acre property north of Shadowlake Drive and south of Carmel Hills Drive. The developer is seeking a rezoning to urban residential with conditional provisions from single-family residential.

And the city filed a rezoning request for 12 acres of land at the former Eastland Mall after saying late last month that it was negotiating a sale of land to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The parcel is in the northwest corner of the 80-acre property near Wilora Lake Road.

A K-8 school would be the first phase of the property’s transformation into a transit-oriented, mixed-use hub with parks. The city paid $13.2 million for the deserted mall in east Charlotte several years ago with the intention of revitalizing the economically depressed area through a sale to the private sector. The City Council will vote on the land sale in late November.

On the commercial front, Eastgroup Properties wants to develop up to 525,000 square feet of space for office, warehouse and distribution uses on half an acre on the west side of Sandy Porter Road between Interstate 485 and Shopton Road. The partially vacant property in southwest Charlotte is currently zoned single-family residential. Eastgroup Properties wants to change that to light-industrial usage with conditional provisions.

And Joe Lariscy wants to adapt an existing industrial building on 1.2 acres in SouthEnd for entertainment use. The one-story vacant warehouse is south of Yancey Road and east of Southside Drive. Lariscy said plans were too preliminary to provide further details. He is seeking a rezoning to mixed-use with optional provisions from general industrial.

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