Profitt Dixon Partners, a group of developers, wants approval from the Matthews Board of Commissioners to build a 250-unit apartment complex on 15 acres at the corner of Matthews Township Parkway (N.C. 51) and Northeast Parkway.The upscale Fountains Matthews complex would have one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rent ranging from $800 to $1,500. Developers also proposed building 8,000-square-feet of commercial or office space on the site. The developers presented their plans to commissioners during a public hearing Monday evening but will have to wait until next year for a decision. The builders need the land rezoned from B-1 (SCD) to MUD (Innovative); but since it is so close to the town’s election, and because it is a conditional rezoning, state law says the current board can’t make a zoning decision if anyone speaks against the request during the public hearing. Once Ken Medlin, a resident of the adjoining Bella Sera subdivision, expressed his concerns, the public hearing was continued until Jan.13.Medlin said he’s concerned about cut-through traffic and a lack of privacy. “We have a semi-private neighborhood, and we would like to keep it that way,” Medlin said. The new town board must make the decision, and that board won’t be installed until December. The public hearing will resume Jan.13 with the newly elected Board of Commissioners. In other business, commissioners:• Approved a resolution of support for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bonds and the Central Piedmont Community College bonds.• Approved $160,754 to partner with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to redesign Matthews Township Parkway (N.C. 51) from the intersection near Butler High School to Phillips Road. The “superstreet” section will add an additional lane to Phillips Road and will provide a large paved area for U-turns between Brandywine Lane and Reid Harkey Road. A 10-foot wide multi-use path will be included on the east (Butler) side of N.C. 51. Construction is expected to start in summer 2014.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
250-unit complex proposed for N.C. 51
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