If you’re like me, you look forward to rezoning hearings at Charlotte City Council the way most people look forward to a boxing match: Heavyweight contenders (of real estate) getting in the ring, jabbing, ducking and weaving their way through the public comment hearing that could make or break their project.
Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting at the Government Center uptown. As is usually the case these days, there’s a lot of proposed apartments.
▪ Tommy’s Pub apartment rezoning: This is likely to be the most controversial rezoning plan heard Monday. Porter Jones, head of DPJ Residential, is seeking to build a 97-unit apartment on 1.9 acres along Central Avenue. The development would push out Tommy’s Pub and Backstage Vintage, which operate in a small brick building on the site. Tommy’s Pub has a devoted following (longer story here), and they plan to pack the meeting and speak against the development. More than 500 people have signed a petition to save the business. This hearing is scheduled to be the last of the night.
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: Southern Apartment Group is seeking to build a 250-unit apartment complex at North Davidson and 27th streets in the Villa Heights neighborhood. The development would also include ground-floor retail and other uses. There is a protest petition filed, which means a super-majority of council members will need a super-majority to vote to approve it instead of a simple majority. Staff is recommending approval of the apartments, which would be timed with the Blue Line Extension for completion.
▪ Arrowood Road apartments: This proposed complex could face an uphill battle, as city staff – in an uncommon move – are recommending that City Council deny the petition. A development partnership, TWO Capital partners, wants to build a 271-unit apartment complex at West Arrowood and Sandy Porter roads, in the Steele Creek area. The multi-building development would take up a 17-acre site. Staff wrote in their analysis that the proposal is too dense for the area and that the site should be used largely for single-family houses instead.
▪ Changes to Pinehurst apartment plans: In 2013, Camden won approval to replace its Pinehurst apartment complex on Providence Road with a denser complex allowing 580 units. Northwood Ravin has since bought the 36-acre parcel and wants to tweak those plans. The company’s rezoning request would still keep the number of apartments at 580, but would add parking decks, change the building layout and specify that the site would be built in two phases, with five-story buildings along Providence Road being built first. The older remaining apartment buildings in the back of the site would stay in operation until Phase 2 was developed. Construction could start in mid-2016 at the earliest.