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Developers propose large residential, mixed-use projects

Proposed buildings for Barclay Downs.

ZOM Development is seeking a rezoning to build 266 luxury apartments on Barclay Downs Drive, across from the recently completed The Encore SouthPark apartments. Illustration courtesy ZOM Development

Residential and mixed-use development in Charlotte is as strong as ever, with several developers filing rezoning requests for mega projects in SouthPark, the University area, and southwest Charlotte.

ZOM Development is seeking to redevelop nearly 3 acres on Barclay Downs Drive with a six-story building containing up to 266 luxury apartments, 15,000 square feet of retail, and 9,400 square feet of amenity space. The company put the cost of the project, dubbed Hazel SouthPark, at $78 million. Site plans include a parking deck and surface parking.

The Florida-based developer plans on razing a 1980s-era office building on the site, which is between Carnegie Boulevard and Bulfinch Road. The site is across the street from the recently built 280-unit The Encore SouthPark luxury apartments, where a one-bedroom unit starts at $1,495.

ZOM is seeking a rezoning to mixed-use development with optional provisions from office district.

The development, which would include a pool deck, fitness center, and clubhouse, would be the company’s first in the Carolinas.

ZOM said it expects the city to hold a public hearing on its proposal in November.

Hazel SouthPark is the most recent petitioner seeking to build in the booming SouthPark neighborhood. Some 900 apartments are slated for construction there over the next couple of years. In addition, Childress Klein recently won rezoning approval to construct a mixture of residential, retail, office and hotel space on 7 acres at Morrison Boulevard and Sharon Road that is owned by Sharon Road United Methodist Church.

Further to the south, Pulte Group is seeking a rezoning to build nearly 300 apartments and 550 single-family homes on 127 acres at the western edge of Steele Creek Road at Brown Grier Road. The tract, which is used for agricultural and residential purposes, also would feature up to 80,000 square feet of retail.

According to site plans, the commercial component would face Steele Creek Road, with the multifamily slightly to the east. The single-family homes would be built on property both north and south of Brown Grier Road, between Cedar Hill Drive and Griers Fork Drive.

Pulte wants to rezone the site to neighborhood services and conditional multifamily residential from single-family residential.

In addition, BNA Homes is targeting southwest Charlotte with plans to build up to 127 townhomes on 16 largely vacant acres west of South Tryon Street and north of Gretna Green Drive.

BNA wants to rezone the property to MX 2, which allows mixed uses along major and minor thoroughfares. The land is currently zoned MX 1, which permits mixed uses within any residential area of a community.

To the north of Charlotte, ATAPCO UEP Inc. has plans to build up to 280 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space on 4.5 acres east of University Executive Park Drive. The property, north of McCullough Drive, currently features two office buildings.

Proposed townhomes on Sharon Road.

NVR Homes is seeking rezoning approval to redevelop the Pilgrim Congregational Church site on Sharon Road with 24 townhomes. Illustration courtesy NVR Homes.

The land is zoned for office use, which ATAPCO is asking to change to mixed-use transit oriented development. The site is within walking distance of the planned McCullough station on the Blue Line light rail extension from uptown Charlotte to the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus. The additional 9-mile extension of the light rail is scheduled to go online next year.

Developer Trevi Partners has also set its sights on the north Charlotte area, with plans to build up to 275 apartments on 16 vacant acres off North Tryon Street. The property is south of Morehead Road and southwest of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

According to site plans, Trevi Village would feature eight apartment buildings with a maximum height of 60 feet.

Trevi Partners wants to rezone the parcel to conditional urban residential commercial from commercial center district and conditional urban residential commercial.  The company also is requesting five-year vested rights, which allow projects to be completed according to land-use plans and regulations in effect when the projects were proposed or approved, without regard to any subsequent changes in land-use regulations.

And slightly to the southwest, Crescent Communities has petitioned the city to modify its 2011 site plans for property west of the Alexander Village subdivision. The property, in University Research Park, is south of West Mallard Creek Church Road and west of Interstate 85.

Crescent Communities now wants to add up to 300 multifamily units on a 38-acre tract, replacing original plans for up to 250,000 square feet of office space. The company’s proposal for a 200-room hotel and 75,000 square feet of retail remain.

Crescent sold Alexander Village, which features 320 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, in December to Starlight Investments of Canada.

Crescent has filed for a site-plan amendment to the property’s zoning designation of research district with optional provisions.

On a much smaller scale, NVR Homes is seeking a rezoning to redevelop the site of Pilgrim Congregational Church on the east side of Sharon Road with townhomes. The property, across from Sherbrooke Drive and southwest of the Harris YMCA, is owned by Holy Covenant United Church of Christ.

NVR wants to build up to 24 townhomes on the 3-acre parcel. According to initial site plans, the townhomes would be clustered in six buildings that would not exceed two stories, or 40 feet, in height. Each unit would have a two-car garage.

NVR has requested to rezone the property for conditional urban residential use. It is currently zoned for single-family residential use with a maximum of three units per acre.

As for commercial development, Three Publicans wants to rezone two parcels on the north side of Central Avenue to redevelop the site with a mixture of retailers. The quarter-acre plot, between Thomas and Pecan avenues, is home to the Workman’s Friend pub and restaurant.

Three Publicans said it hopes to adaptively reuse the existing building, which includes an outdoor patio.

The company wants to rezone the property to mixed use with optional provisions from general business.

And Chen Development has requested a rezoning for less than half an acre on the west side of Park Road at Montford Drive. The company wants to redevelop an existing office building at the site with restaurant and retail uses.

Montford Drive has become a popular nightlife destination with several bars and restaurants and is close to the Park Road Shopping Center and other retailers.

Chen Development is requesting a rezoning to mixed use with optional provisions from office district.

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