One month a cesspool with swarming mosquitoes, the next a planned high-end development with single-family homes.LiveWell Homes, a local home builder, wants to transform the overgrown 900 Sardis Lane property in south Charlotte into a neighborhood of up to 10 homes priced at $350,000 and up.Residents in the neighboring 30-home Dunedin development, located off Providence Road near Lansdowne, have asked city staff for years to do something about the standing water on the Sardis Lane property.No one lives in the property on Sardis Lane. At the end of a sloping driveway, a dilapidated house with boarded windows sits with weeds growing all around.A clogged culvert at the bottom of the vacant home’s narrow driveway has caused water to build up on both sides. And recent heavy rains have exacerbated the backup, with streams forming behind some Dunedin homes.“I’m sure if we get that cleaned up, neighbors will rejoice,” said Bill Knott, the sales agent for the property, which the builder is calling Sardis Lakes.Jennifer Frost, spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, said the city has not received any plans for the proposed development yet. She was also not sure whether a rezoning will be required.“The developer may just be drumming up business at this point,” she said. Chase Bank took ownership of the property in 2001 through a trustee deed. Six months later, Tuyet Seethaler bought it from the bank for $157,000 through a special warranty deed, property records show.Seethaler then sold the property to 900 Sardis Lane LLC in December 2012.The property had a $517,000 tax value as of the 2011 revaluation.Knott said the property is currently under contract. They are also exploring purchasing the adjacent property, located at 804 Sardis Road.“We’re looking at how to fix up the property and whether it will work with what we’re trying to do,” said Knott. The Sardis Lakes development will feature all-brick homes from the $350s, according to the development website.The homes, some of which will have water views, will feature two-car garages and will be ranch-style and two-story homes. Ken Cherry, who lives in adjacent Dunedin, said he hopes the neighborhood is built.“I think when they get it completed, it will resolve our problem,” said Cherry. “It will resolve the mosquito problem because in $300,000 to $400,000 homes, they’re not going to stand to walk outside and be eaten up by mosquitoes.”Frost said it makes sense that a property in such disarray one day would suddenly have a new identity the next.“Sometimes properties enter into a time when nobody wants to change it because they know they’re going to sell it,” she said. “Then they find a buyer and then it turns into something beautiful.”Still, the developer acknowledged that a lot of work will need to go into the property’s makeover.Already, Knott said, the company has invested a couple of thousand dollars to fix one of the culverts and to lower the water level.“We could end up doing nothing if we find out the problems are way worse than we think they are,” said Knott. “But it’s a great location so we’re hoping it’s something that will work for us.”
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
Development of long-neglected South Charlotte lot may solve mosquito plague
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