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4 new developments in SouthPark, South End and Park Woodlawn highlight packed City Council meeting

A rezoning notice sign in the southwest corner of the intersection of Sharon Road and Colony Road near the Colony Apartments. The Colony apartments are set to be redeveloped in a major project that will bring more residents but has many on edge about increased density and congestion.
A rezoning notice sign in the southwest corner of the intersection of Sharon Road and Colony Road near the Colony Apartments. The Colony apartments are set to be redeveloped in a major project that will bring more residents but has many on edge about increased density and congestion. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Assuming Charlotte doesn’t shutdown due to the second #snOMG of 2016, Monday’s City Council meeting will be slam-packed with rezoning requests related to some big developments around the city, including ones in South End (LoSo, really), Park Woodlawn (or Montford or Mad Park or whatever) and SouthPark.

It’s so slam-packed that Observer development reporter Ely Portillo expects that it will end up being split into two meetings.

Either way, here are four big developments that are on the agenda Monday night:

(1) New life for an old warehouse

Where: Southside Drive and Yancey Road (near Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Sugar Creek Brewing).

What it is now: A 17,455-square-foot warehouse building near the Scaleybark Light Rail station.

The plan: A company called Meck City Social wants to repurpose it to bring “activities and opportunities to the neighborhood which was referred to by one of the attendees as ‘getting really cool.'” (Vague enough for you? That’s from a community report describing a neighbor’s reaction.)

There could be an outdoor patio for seating and it would resurrect the “QP Queen Park Cinema” sign that used to stand nearby.

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Filed as part of a rezoning request by Meck City Social.

What’s happening Monday: The plan is up for a vote.

(2) Apartments on Park Road

Where: 4601 Park Road, at the corner of Park and Abbey and just down the street from Montford.

What it is now: Office buildings and the headquarters for Grubb Properties.

The plan: Grubb Properties wants to turn it into apartments and retail, including 450 apartments, 600,000 square feet of commercial space (with the option to turn some of that into 300 hotel rooms). One sticking point: It could really increase traffic, with 11,178 vehicle trips with the proposed zoning vs. 2,500 daily vehicle trips currently.

What’s happening Monday: The plan is up for a vote.

(3) More apartments near Park Road

Where: On Woodlawn, just off Park Road.

What’s there now: The Melrose Place apartments.

The plan: To tear those apartments down (and four houses on nearby Drexel Road) to replace it with a shiny new five-story apartment building with 265 units.

What’s happening Monday: The plan is up for a hearing, with a vote coming at a later date. The interesting thing, though, is that staff is recommending that City Council vote against the plan because of the “proposed multi-family encroachment into an established single family neighborhood.”

[Related: Park Woodlawn is so hot right now. See the latest development plans for the area.]

(4) Redeveloping SouthPark’s “ski slope” church

Where: Morrison Boulevard and Sharon Road, right across the street from SouthPark Mall.

What’s it is now: Sharon United Methodist Church, called the “ski slope” church by some, for obvious reasons.

The plan: Childress Klein is teaming up with the church to redevelop the site with: 490 residential units, a 175-room hotel, 170,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and offices, a 750-seat church, and 20,000 square feet of indoor recreational space. Traffic’s an issue here, too, with all of the development happening in the area. This development would increase the number of daily trips from 1,000 to 10,100, according to a city staff estimate.

[Related: SouthPark is booming: 7 things opening or coming to the area.]

What’s happening Monday: A hearing, with a vote coming at a later date.

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Portillo, Ely

Photo: Davie Hinshaw/Charlotte Observer

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