New mixed-use development in the works for University City?

Undeveloped land at the end of McFarlane Boulevard.
Undeveloped land at the end of McFarlane Boulevard.

A developer has plans to rezone a big chunk of land near Interstate 85 for a mixed-use project, according to documents filed last week.

Totaling nearly 16 acres, the tract sits at the end of McFarlane Boulevard, off Ikea Boulevard just south of University City Boulevard. It’s currently vacant, occupied by trees and underbrush. An affiliate of Winston-Salem-based Arden Group, a residential developer, owns part of the site, while the rest is owned by Reeves Floral Products.

Arden Group filed the petition to change the land’s zoning use from industrial and business to mixed-use development, a land classification that allows a range of uses, such as restaurants, shops, hotels, offices and housing.

Cambridge Properties’ Jay Priester is leading the rezoning. Neither he or Arden Group executives could be reached Monday for more details on the proposal in University City, which Charlotte City Council will consider in the coming months.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo