The Charlotte City Council approved several rezoning requests Monday night, including a developer’s controversial petition to build a mixed-use project on nearly 2 acres on Central Avenue. The council also denied a request to build townhomes in southwest Charlotte.
DPJ Residential received unanimous consent to construct 97 for-sale condos or apartments and 4,800 square feet of commercial space between Nandina Street and Landis Avenue. The project would feature two buildings not exceeding four stories, along with surface parking. Amenities would include a swimming pool, a fitness center and grilling stations.
The property is currently vacant except for an auto mechanic shop and a two-story brick building containing a pub and a consignment shop that would be demolished. The potential loss of the local landmark and increasing residential and retail development have sparked intense debate over possible changes to the neighborhood’s “funky” vibe and lifestyle, as well as its art and entertainment venues. Opponents to the proposal also fear that such developments might outprice local residents and businesses.
At a community meeting held in April, the company said its starting rents would be around $1,050 for a studio, $1,250 for a one bedroom and $1,650 for a two-bedroom unit. DPJ Residential said it was tearing down only commercial-use property, and that numerous older, less expensive rental units were available in the neighborhood..
Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey, a Democrat representing the District 1 area in which DPJ Residential plans to build, said the developer had met Monday with those concerned about the fate of the local watering hole but a deal “couldn’t be worked out.” She continued, “I think this will be a good development and hopefully we’ll find another location for Tommy’s Pub.”
DPJ Residential requested that the property be rezoned to conditional mixed-use development district with a site-plan amendment and conditional mixed-use development district from neighborhood business and conditional mixed-use development district.
The council also unanimously approved the redevelopment of a 407-unit apartment complex in south Charlotte. Northwood Ravin this year bought the development, already zoned conditional multifamily residential with up to 17 dwelling units per acre, from Camden Property Trust. The 36-acre site is on the west side of Providence Road between Cloister Drive and Knob Oak Lane.
Plans include up to 580 apartments and structured and surface parking in buildings that are one, two, three and five stories tall. The Pinehurst on Providence community, formerly dubbed Camden Pinehurst, was built in 1967. Northwood Ravin affiliate NR Pinehurst Property Owner sought a rezoning to conditional multifamily residential with a site-plan amendment and five-year vested rights. Vested rights allow projects to be completed in accordance with land-use plans and regulations in effect when the projects were proposed or approved, without regard to any subsequent changes in land-use regulations.
The council also gave a unanimous nod to Providence Road Farms’ request for a site-plan amendment to a portion of its $200 million, 84-acre Waverly mixed-use development near Interstate 485. The amendment relates to adding surface parking in lieu of parking decks and access points to the development from Providence Road and a proposed extension of Ardrey Kell Road. The entire Waverly project will include two five- to six-story class-A office buildings, about 375 upscale apartments that will be named Solis Waverly, 150 single-family homes, a 138-room hotel and a total of 250,000 square feet of retail space.
A 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods is scheduled to open mid-2016, anchoring the retail component of the development. Plans also call for two medical buildings.
Not all rezoning petitions were given the go-ahead, however. The council unanimously denied Wilkison Partners’ request to rezone 6 acres on the southeast corner of Youngblood Road and Shelburne Farms Drive in The Palisades near Lake Wylie for the construction of 30 single-family attached dwellings. While the city zoning committee found the company’s petition to be consistent with the Steele Creek Area Plan’s recommendation for residential land use of up to four units per acre, it said the increase in density was not compatible with surrounding land-use patterns and outstanding issues had not been addressed. The zoning committee recommended a denial of the petition.
In addition, the council deferred several decisions. Midtown Area Partners II sought a second delay on voting whether or not 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 town houses; and a parking structure. A decision is slated for June 22.
And Unique Southern Estates’ was granted its third request to defer a decision on rezoning the 4.5 acres on which the historic VanLandingham Estate sits. The company wants 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 council will vote on the petition on July 20.
In addition to the VanLandingham Estate Inn & Conference Center at The Plaza and Belvedere Avenue, Unique Southern Estates owns The Morehead Inn in Dilworth.
The council also held off on Southern Apartment Group’s petition to modify a previously approved site plan to build a transit-oriented residential and mixed-used development in NoDa at 27th Street between North Davidson and Yadkin avenues. The company wants to invest $35 million in the construction of up to 250 apartments and the renovation of a 1920’s-era warehouse on 3.6 acres. The council will take up the issue on July 20.
The property is currently zoned mixed-use development district with optional provisions, allowing Southern Apartment to build 210 apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail. The company wants to reduce the retail space to nearly 25,000 square feet in exchange for the additional apartments.
Finally, council members on June 22 will determine the outcome of Meeting Street Homes & Communities’ request to rezone less than half an acre of vacant property on the west side of Kenilworth Avenue between East Boulevard and Buchanan Street. The company wants to develop eight attached townhomes at the site, which is zoned multifamily residential, allowing up to 22 dwelling units per acre. According to the site plans, the townhomes will not exceed three stories, or 45 feet in height. Meeting Street Homes is seeking a rezoning to conditional mixed-use development district.