SouthPark tower set for Sept. hearing

The city of Charlotte has scheduled a public hearing in September to consider a rezoning for a proposed office tower adjacent to SouthPark Mall.

Spectrum Properties has proposed building a 200,000-square-foot office building that could be as tall as 200 feet. The tower would be built on a 1.53-acre tract on the south side of Morrison Boulevard, near the Dillard’s store at the mall.

For comparison, the Westin hotel in uptown Charlotte is just under 300 feet.

The rezoning does not comply with the city’s SouthPark Small Area Plan, a document that is supposed to guide how the area is developed. But city staff has recommended that the rezoning be approved because the rezoning is consistent with the city’s goal of making the area into a “mixed-use town center.”

The project would have about 12,500 square feet of retail on the ground floor.

The tower was announced in the spring. Jeff Brown, an attorney representing the developer, said the hearing could have been scheduled for July, but the petitioner is working with adjacent property owners to try to reach consensus about the project.

City Council member Kenny Smith, who represents the area, said he has heard from residents who are concerned about the traffic impact of the tower.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation projects the tower would create an additional 3,500 vehicle trips per day.

The property is now a surface parking lot for the mall.

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