Charlotte City Council approves rezoning for 25-story hotel near uptown

05/19/2014 6:51 PM

05/19/2014 6:52 PM

The Charlotte City Council approved a rezoning Monday night that will clear the way for a 25-story hotel and apartments to be built next to the Metropolitan development on South Kings Drive.

The 1.3-acre parcel is already zoned for a 22-story building. Levine Properties asked for an additional 30 feet, which would allow for a total of 155 apartments and a 175-room hotel.

Some residents of the Metropolitan opposed the rezoning, saying the new skyscraper would diminish their views and create too much traffic. The new tower will be one of the city’s tallest outside of the Interstate 277 loop.

But council members said they don’t think the extra height will diminish the area.

“It’s already zoned for a really large building,” said at-large council member David Howard.

At-large member Claire Fallon said the extra height “didn’t make that much difference.”

Council members voted 9-0 in favor of the rezoning. Patsy Kinsey and Vi Lyles didn’t attend the meeting.

Galleria Properties I, a company affiliated with Levine Properties, bought the land from developer Peter Pappas in 2011 for $2.1 million.

City staff recommended council members rezone the property. The city said the rezoning is consistent with the Midtown Morehead Cherry Area Plan, the city said.

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