New shops, possible grocery store in east Charlotte won approval Monday

A rendering of the planned new development by Selwyn Property Group.
A rendering of the planned new development by Selwyn Property Group.

Charlotte City Council approved a plan Monday night that would allow a new shopping center anchored by a grocery store on Monroe Road, in a fast-changing area that’s seeing major redevelopment.

The site at Monroe Road and Idlewild Road is mostly vacant, with a few older buildings located there. Charlotte-based developer Selwyn Property Group has said they’re talking with a grocery store for the site, which neighbors have been looking forward to as a potential new place to shop.

City Council voted unanimously to approve the rezoning petition. Selwyn Property Group has said they could break ground in late 2017.

The rezoning plan will allow up to 80,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, and office space. That’s scaled down from the initial rezoning plan, which called for up to 106,000 square feet of new development.

“The development levels would be reduced based on new adverse information related to the future Silver Line location along Independence Boulevard,” the company noted in a meeting with community members to explain the development plans. The planned Silver Line, which lacks defined funding, could impinge on parcels fronting Independence, the company said, so it eliminated some planned buildings from the development.

The planned development is adjacent to the Meridian Place mixed-use development, which is adding apartments, shops and office space to Monroe Road. The area is attempting to rebrand itself as “MoRA,” to give it a sense of identity neighbors hope will draw more development.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo