In a hearing Monday night, Charlotte City Council heard a revised plan to redevelop a block in Elizabeth that’s currently home to the popular neighborhood bar Jackalope Jack’s. In its place will be apartments, office space and retail.
The staff recommended certain changes to the design, and a vote on the plan is expected in July.
Development firm Faison is planning to build up to 100 apartments and 30,000 square feet of offices, shops and restaurants on a 1.68-acre parcel at the intersection of East Seventh Street and North Caswell Road.
To assuage neighbors’ concerns over density and parking, the Charlotte developer made a number of changes to the plan since its first public hearing earlier this spring, including breaking the development into two buildings instead of just one, increasing the number of parking spaces, and building fewer apartments and more office/retail space than originally planned.
City staff said the proposed redevelopment “will strengthen Seventh Street as Elizabeth’s … retail corridor” and will encourage pedestrian activity.
One outstanding issue staff noted was the building’s height, which, according to the Elizabeth Area Plan of 2011, should in general be no more than 40 feet.
Faison’s plan currently calls for one building with a maximum height of 58 feet at the corner of East Seventh Street and Caswell Road, and another with a maximum height of 48 feet facing Seventh Street.
The original plan was for one 60-foot building, something District 1 member Patsy Kinsey had called “too high” and “too intense.”
Originally, Faison had planned to build 123 apartments and 15,000 square feet of shops and restaurants on the site. The new plan calls for “up to 100 apartments” and 30,000 square feet of offices, shops and restaurants.
Faison’s plan also includes a 21-foot setback along Seventh Street – including an 8-foot sidewalk and 6-foot planting strip – and a 14-foot setback along Caswell Road, which includes a 6-foot sidewalk and 8-foot planting strip.
A representative from Jackalope Jack’s, which is at 1936 E. Seventh St., declined to comment.