Charlotte City Council members voted down a rezoning request for the construction of townhomes on North Wendover Road on Monday night, while approving many other rezonings, including one for a mixed-use project on East Seventh Street at North Caswell Road.
North Wendover Partners LLC had sought the rezoning on 2.48 acres to urban residential, conditional, from single-family residential in order to build up to 17 townhomes at North Wendover Road and Melchor Avenue.
The council first was scheduled to vote on whether to send the request back to the Zoning Committee because the developer had made changes to its plans following that committee’s vote.
“I’m going to move to deny it, so why bother to send it back to the committee?” said District 1 Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey, who represents the area.
“It is because the property abuts single-family residential to the west and south,” she said. “The proposed townhomes are not consistent with the residential character in the neighborhood.”
The council voted to not send it back to committee, then voted unanimously to not approve the request.
Kinsey was one of only two council members who also voted not to approve a rezoning request from FCD-Development LLC for the northwest corner of East Seventh Street and North Caswell Road; that rezoning was approved 8-2. Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield also opposed it.
The Faison project includes two buildings that will house about 100 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail or office space.
Before the vote, several council members voiced concerns about the impact on traffic.
“I am very concerned about the access on Caswell,” said Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles. “I understand that the petition as it is written allows them to have that access, but it will not be coordinated with the project next door. This is going to be two driveways very close to each other. I think there is an opportunity for the two developers to work with each other to develop a better access point so it doesn’t contribute to the stacking of vehicles a long way along Seventh Street.”
Councilwoman Julie Eislet was also concerned about traffic.
“I am on record as a very disgruntled “yes” because we are creating more congestion in an already congested area and we are not adding bike access,” Eislet said. “We need to, as a city, create more opportunities for people to get in and out of downtown.”
Mayor Jennifer Roberts was also concerned about traffic impacts, although she was not required to cast a vote on the request.
“This is very close to Uptown and is a densely traveled corridor as people walk or bike into Uptown,” Roberts said. “I do have concerns about the turn onto Seventh Street. Turning left from anything that is on Seventh Street right now is really hard. It is my hope that the folks in the neighborhood will hold this developer to improving this access if it becomes a dangerous way of getting in and out.”
Councilman Kenny Smith supported the project.
“I support this petition because staff supports it, but more importantly the neighborhood association supports it,” Smith said. “This is a situation where the developer worked with the neighborhood and, by and large, the neighborhood appears to be behind it…I think this will be a transformative project for a very important corridor in the city.”
In other actions, the council approved:
*A rezoning request from JWM Family Enterprises Inc. for 5.32 acres at the southwest corner of Roxborough Road and Rexford Road. The rezoning will change the land from office to mixed-use development, optional. The project calls for a 170-room Marriott hotel with a maximum of eight stories and a roof-top lounge. There is an existing 200-room hotel on the property.
*A rezoning request from Pollack Shores Real Estate Group LLC for 8.36 acres on south side of West Tremont Avenue between South Tryon and Hawkins streets. The tract was rezoned from general Industrial to transit-oriented development, mixed use, with optional provisions. The company plans to redevelop several industrial buildings in South End with up to 402 residential units and 2,500 square feet of retail or office space on a 4.5-acre portion of the site.
*Rezoning 21.68 acres north of Madison Square Place near Northlake Centre Parkway from single-family residential and commercial center to urban residential, conditional. This will be phase 2 of Woodfield Northlake apartments by Woodfield Acquisitions; phase 1 is under way.
*Rezoning 0.151 acres on west side of North Davidson Street between East 35th and 36th streets from neighborhood business to mixed-use development, optional. NoDa 3215 LLC plans to reuse an existing 2,000-square-foot building in NoDa for retail uses permitted in the MUDD-O zoning, with the addition of a 500-square-foot roof deck and a 3,500-square-foot patio space with fixed awnings.
*Rezoning 18.3 acres on west side of East Craighead Road between North Davidson and North Tryon streets from light industrial and general industrial to transit-oriented development, mixed use, conditional, with five-year vested rights. The request from NoDa Greenway One LLC and NoDa Greenway Two LLC proposes repurposing an existing industrial site north of NoDa to zoning that allows residential, office and retail uses.
*Rezoning 1.79 acres at northeast corner of Nations Ford and Tyvola roads from commercial center to mixed-use development, optional, with five-year vested rights, for Michael Adams. The project calls for retail and eating/drinking/entertainment establishment uses.
*Rezoning 5.67 acres at the northwest corner of Ardrey Kell and Community House roads from single-family residential to light industrial, conditional. Taylor/Theus Holdings Inc. plans to construct a self-storage building.
*Rezoning 1.123 acres along North Davidson Street, between East 33rd and East 36th streets, from neighborhood business, general industrial and mixed-use development to transit-oriented development, mixed use, with optional provisions. ECP NoDa LLC plans to develop a mix of residential and non-residential uses.