Proposed Beatties Ford Road rezoning would allow for 85 senior apartments

03/07/2014 12:00 AM

03/05/2014 12:01 PM

More than 80 apartments for senior adults could be developed on Beatties Ford Road if a requested rezoning is approved by Charlotte City Council this spring.

The Affordable Housing Group of North Carolina Inc. and The Drakeford Co. have petitioned to rezone nearly 4 acres near Sunset Road to develop 85 one- and two-bedroom apartments for seniors 55 and older, according to the city.

The application, filed near the end of January, requests the property be rezoned from its current R-4, or single family residential, classification to urban residential, said Claire Lyte-Graham, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department.

The property, 3.72 acres on the west side of Beatties Ford Road between Pauline Lane and Sunset Road, could help meet the statewide and local need for senior-specific housing, said Kathy Stilwell, executive director of The Affordable Housing Group of North Carolina Inc.

“Baby Boomers are getting older and there is a demand and a need for housing for seniors,” she said. “There’s just a growing demand ... so that’s a demand we’re trying to meet.”

If the zoning change is approved and the development moves forward, the apartments would be in a single building with a maximum height of approximately 45 feet, according to the current plan, Lyte-Graham said. The plan includes 42 parking spaces, including 10 handicap-accessible spots, and refers to the project as “Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Development.”

The proposed three-story structure would feature a brick and low-maintenance siding exterior in colors “designed to accentuate the natural tones of the site and to complement the surrounding landscape,” according to the site plan. Plans also call for a covered outdoor patio adjacent to the building, among other indoor and outdoor amenities.

The area surrounding the site is considered suburban development with predominantly single family homes and a lower residential density character, Lyte-Graham said, noting there is a limited amount of multifamily development in the area. The application is still under staff review as to whether the project would be a good fit for the area.

Stilwell said the project is in partnership with The Drakeford Co., a Charlotte-based real estate services firm that focuses on the development and construction of urban residential projects, according to its website.

A public hearing on the requested zoning change will be held April 28, Lyte-Graham said.

Before then, at least one community meeting will be held by the applicants and those results, and any revisions to the site plan, will be submitted to planning staff before the hearing, she said.

If the zoning change is approved, construction would likely begin in spring 2015, Stilwell said, and would take about 12 months to complete. Apartments would be available to residents sometime in 2016. Stilwell estimated the project would cost “just shy” of $10 million.

Charlotte City Council could make a decision about the rezoning in May.

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