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Seven-story apartment complex planned for Dilworth

Crescent Communities on Wednesday announced plans for a seven-story luxury apartment building and street-level retail beside the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Dilworth.

Officials with Charlotte-based Crescent said the project will include about 300 apartments on a 2.3-acre site they bought at East Morehead Street and Harding Place, across from Carolinas Medical Center.

Construction on the project, named Crescent Dilworth, is expected to begin this fall and finish in spring 2015.

“Dilworth’s features, adjacency to CMC and proximity to uptown Charlotte make it well-suited for a mixed-use community,” said Ben Collins, a vice president with Crescent Communities’ Multifamily Group.

Dilworth community leaders welcomed the project.

“It’s a wonderful location for multifamily, and especially high-end multifamily,” said Cynthia Schwartz, co-chairwoman of the Dilworth Community Development Association’s land-use committee.

The announcement comes six months after the Charlotte City Council rejected developer Lincoln Harris’ rezoning request for a Walgreens drugstore and office building just up Morehead from the Crescent property.

The Walgreens rezoning was for two acres at East Morehead Street and Kenilworth Avenue. Residents protested that the project would strain the neighborhood’s streets and infrastructure.

But Schwartz said developers of the Crescent Dilworth apartments had briefed the association on their plans, which won’t require rezoning.

She said the association expressed a few concerns about traffic flow, but she said the project’s height and scale seem appropriate considering the nearby medical buildings.

“There doesn’t seem to be any need for such a fight,” she said, referring to the battle over the Walgreens project.

She said the association viewed the parcel as a good location for future development near Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Five buildings are on the site now, according to a representative for the developers. Schwartz said several are residentially zoned, but have been committed to office uses.

The $50 million project, a short walk from the Metropolitan development, will have street-level retail, two levels of parking and five levels of luxury apartments.

Collins said the facade will incorporate design elements from the greenway, such as the Tennessee fieldstone used in many of the greenway’s structures, as well as brick and cedar trellis elements common in Dilworth.

Studio, one- and two-bedroom units will be among the offerings. Walk-up units with a residential look will be situated along Morehead Street, developers said, while several deluxe 2,600-square-foot units will offer large private terraces.

Southern Apartment Group, originally responsible for consolidating the parcels for the site, will remain a partner in the project, officials said.

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