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Apartments, townhomes proposed in rezoning requests

Project with nearly 400 apartments, grocery store and retail planned in University City area

Gateway Communities LLC is planning to build a 40-unit apartment building on North Brevard Street, sandwiched between the Blue Line light-rail extension, left, and Highland Mill Lofts, right. Photo by Sharon Roberts

Gateway Communities LLC is planning to build a 40-unit apartment building on North Brevard Street, sandwiched between the Blue Line light-rail extension, left, and Highland Mill Lofts, right. Photo by Sharon Roberts

Two developers are planning to build 395 apartments and about 140,000 square feet of grocery and retail space on nearly 66 acres along Interstate 85 off West Mallard Creek Road.

A rezoning petition for the project was one of several filed recently that include townhouses, apartments, a retirement community expansion and a gas station. Public hearings have not yet been scheduled for the petitions.

Charter Properties Inc. and Browder Group Real Estate LLC submitted an application to the city of Charlotte to have several parcels rezoned to commercial center, with five-year vested rights, from laboratory/research and residential. There are a few single-family homes on the parcels along Galloway Road to the north, and most of the land is wooded. The land is just south of the intersection of interstates 85 and 485.

Charlotte-based Charter will be developing the apartment complex, which is shown on the site plans as having 11 buildings and to include a fitness center, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, a dog park, a playground, a pocket park, an outdoor grilling area and gathering areas.

“We’ll do an urban street front sort of feel so it works seamlessly with the commercial area, so it has a neighborhood feel,” said John Porter, Charter’s executive vice president. Porter said the project will be designed to accommodate bicycling and walking, both to the commercial area and to nearby employment centers.

“The proximity to the employment is a real value; people will be able to walk or bike to work,” he said. Other factors he believes will draw renters are the site’s accessibility to highways and work and an urban, multi-use neighborhood feel with suburban rents.

Porter said that some of the community’s amenities will include “a pretty fancy dog park,” two workout facilities and a resort-style pool.

He said he expects the rents to be affordable for teachers, university employees and people in administrative positions at nearby companies, while appealing to “renters by choice” – those who prefer to rent rather than own.

“We’re shooting for people who would rather rent at an affordable price and would rather walk to the retail opportunities,” he said.

He said that the developers are not yet ready to name the grocery store tenant, with whom Browder is negotiating.

In the commercial section, site plans show three outparcels along West Mallard Creek Road, with two entrances, including an extension of Legranger Road. Behind those parcels, retail and a grocery store are indicated. Those would be connected to the residential section closer to Galloway Road.

Two other recently filed rezoning applications also seek approval for apartment projects.

CapRock LLC of Charlotte plans to build 180 units, 80 for elderly residents and 100 that would be affordable for low- to moderate-income families, west of Uptown. The company, based in South End, is requesting the rezoning of 5.8 acres on the west side of Ashley Road north of Joy Street.

The requested rezoning is urban residential 2, with five-year vested rights, from business and multifamily. Site plans indicate six buildings, one of which would be four stories tall with 80 age-restricted units. Three other buildings would hold 24 units, and two would accommodate 12 units each. Site plans also indicate plans for a pool and a clubhouse.

In NoDa, Gateway Communities NC LLC is seeking a rezoning for a .68-acre sliver of land between Highland Mill Lofts and the under-construction Blue Line light-rail extension on North Brevard Street. The company plans to build 40 apartments in a building no more than five stories tall or 60 feet. The requested rezoning is transit-oriented development, residential, from industrial 2.

In South Charlotte, Southminster Retirement Community is seeking a site plan amendment to accommodate an expansion on its 25 acres on Park Road across from South Mecklenburg High School.

Southminster plans to add 120 independent living units in seven “villas” that will replace 10 existing “cottages” near its Park Road and Smithfield Church Road entrances. It also plans to expand its health care building to add 30 beds for assisted living and skilled nursing, and two beds for hospice care. The additions would bring to 379 the number of independent living units at the community, and 115 health care beds and 12 hospice beds. Site plans also show the addition of an underground parking garage in the property’s southeast corner.

Two companies have proposed building townhomes.

Richter Development LLC is seeking a rezoning to conditional urban residential from single-family residential for a 2-acre narrow rectangle of property on Sardis Road across from Strawberry Hill Drive, just east of Providence Road.

The company plans to build a maximum of 23 townhomes at a density of 11.4 units per acre in a project called The Towns at Jefferson Park. Site plans show six buildings, each with three to five units that would be a maximum of three stories and 45 feet high.

At 700 E. Woodlawn Road, Kyle Short of Short Development Group LLC has requested a site plan amendment to a conditional urban residential rezoning for Woodlawn Townhomes. There is currently a single-family home on the property, between South Boulevard and Scaleybark Road. The site plans show 14 units in four buildings on 1.6 acres, for a density of 8.9 units per acre. Two garage buildings are also shown.

In commercial rezoning requests, QuikTrip Corp. is seeking a site plan amendment to the commercial center zoning at 940 W. Tyvola Road, near South Tryon Street. The company plans to build a gas station and convenience store on 2.6 acres.

Farther out South Tryon, K&H Development Inc. of Waxhaw is seeking a conditional distributive business zoning on 3.5 acres now zoned conditional office. The company wants to build two climate-controlled buildings with up to 80,000 square feet of space in buildings that are a maximum of three stories or 40 feet tall. The property is near Steele Creek Road.



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