Charlotte City Council will vote tonight on a controversial proposed Walgreens and office building at the corner of Kenilworth Avenue and East Morehead Street.
Residents have said the intersection is too busy for the business and that it will worsen traffic conditions.
But in late October, the zoning committee of the Charlotte Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of the development.
The zoning committee originally voted to defer its decision by several weeks so the developer and neighborhood representatives could meet to discuss resident concerns about lighting and additional traffic.
But the neighborhood group ultimately declined to meet with the developer.
Zoning committee member Ray Eschert said that in the end, he had to look more at what the zoning actually allowed than the what-if concerns from Dilworth residents.
“In reality, what could be permitted was a lot more than what the developer was asking for,” said Eschert. “It seemed to make more sense to go with a downsize then something that would have been larger and would have had a greater impact on the community.”
He said that since the zoning committee made its decision, calls from upset Dilworth residents have decreased.
“At the end of the day, I really don’t know where the Dilworth community stands now,” he said.
The rezoning petition, filed by local developer Lincoln Harris, will now head before the city council. The city council zoning meeting begins at 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting chamber at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.
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