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Build an interchange and hotels will come

If you build an interchange, they will come … to sleep.

A Charlotte developer is seeking a zoning change to build a hotel on Statesville Road in University City near the future interchange between Interstates 485 and 77.

Sherpa Land Co. LLC has filed a zoning petition with the city for 2.5 acres on the west side of Statesville Road between Twin Lakes Parkway and the eventual interchange.

Sherpa needs to set up a community meeting on the change, then a public hearing will be held before the City Council Sept. 15, said Sonja Sanders, planning coordinator with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department.

About a week after the hearing, the Planning Commission's zoning committee will make a recommendation on the change to the council. That would put the decision back in the council's hands Oct. 20, Sanders said.

City staffers are waiting to hear from the developer on several issues, including the number of rooms and parking spaces the hotel would need, Sanders said. The land is vacant now.

Stuart Mullen, who filed the petition for Sherpa, was not available for comment last week.

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Thanks to all the readers who already e-mailed me with tips and suggestions. I'll check them out in the coming weeks, and keep you posted on the results. Please be patient, and keep those ideas coming in.

One reader, Susan Lemckert, was hoping to alert folks in Mecklenburg County about a new grocery store in nearby Harrisburg. Happy to help: It's an Aldi, which is going into the Harrisburg Town Center this summer.

LMS incentives move along

Concord and Cabarrus County leaders hope to finalize details of their $80million incentives package for billionaire Lowe's Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith after meeting behind closed doors Aug. 5.

The group would then present the deal to Smith and lawyers with his company, Speedway Motorsports, for them to look over. After both sides agree on the wording, the deal would be presented to the two boards, which would then hold public hearings.

Last November, the city and county agreed to provide the incentives to prevent Smith from moving the speedway following a dispute with Concord about building a drag strip near the track. Once Smith got his incentives, he agreed to proceed with the $60 million drag strip and another $200 million in speedway upgrades.

North End project approved

The Charlotte City Council gave final approval last week to the redevelopment of 64 acres in an area city officials and developers hope will become known as Charlotte's “North End.” The site, formerly home to the Double Oaks Apartments, will be developed into a mix of residential units, shops and office space.

Nearly 1,000 condominiums, townhouses, apartments and single-family houses would be combined on the site.

The community is on Statesville Avenue between Newland and Woodward avenues. The council has given the Charlotte Regional Partnership $25million in grants and low-interest loans to redevelop the site.

Staff writer Nichole Monroe Bell contributed.
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