It’s the third Monday of the month, which means it’s every land use enthusiast’s favorite night: Time for a Charlotte City Council rezoning meeting.
This month’s agenda is packed, and includes a few petitions likely to draw some controversy. One is a plan to redevelop property in NoDa housing the Chop Shop music venue into a Crescent Communities mixed-use development. Also up: A massive, 194-acre mixed-use project in place of a defunct golf course and low-income housing in the Cherry neighborhood.
Here’s a look at what’s up Monday night:
▪ Cherry gentrification and zoning: A half-dozen requests for new development in the Cherry neighborhood have divided residents. Many long-time residents support the proposals, which would allow for new affordable housing in apartments and more densely-packed rentals. But many new residents, some of whom moved to the neighborhood recently and bought new, more expensive homes, oppose the projects by Laurel Street Residential and the Charlotte Housing authority. They say the denser developments would disrupt the neighborhood’s single-family bungalow feel. Some of the requests have garnered protest petitions, and the biggest, a five-story, 200-unit Charlotte Housing Authority complex, has been deferred until April. Council is set to vote on the remaining petitions Monday.
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▪ NoDa mixed-use: Crescent Communities isn’t slowing is building spree in Charlotte. The company is seeking permission to build a 7-acre apartment, grocery, and hotel development in NoDa, next to the planned 36th Street Station of the Lynx Blue Line light rail extension. The new development would require the demolition of the Chop Shop music venue and Ultimate Gym. City Council is holding a hearing, not a vote, on the rezoning Monday.
▪ Golf Links: Lincoln Harris is planning to develop a 194-acre project on the site of the failed Charlotte Golf Links course on Providence Road, south of I-485. The development would include homes, office space, retail and open outdoor space, and would be one of the largest mixed-use developments in recent years in Charlotte. It’s across the street from the Waverly mixed-use development. The rezoning request hasn’t garnered a protest petition, but expect City Council to question the developers about traffic in the area, especially on Ardrey Kell Road.
▪ Also up for a vote: City Council is set to vote on a proposal to build an office building on West Morehead Street and to finalize the sale of city-owned land to Crescent for a Whole Foods and apartment complex uptown.