Jackalope Jacks site to be rezoned for apartments

A long-expected plan to replace Jackalope Jacks in Elizabeth with apartments is finally official: According to documents filed Tuesday, the site is set to soon be developed into a 200-unit apartment complex.

The rezoning petition was filed by Faison, a prominent Charlotte apartment developer. Chris Branch, Faison’s managing director responsible for multifamily development, declined to comment.

According to the rezoning petition, the 1.7-acre site would also contain up to 15,000 square feet of non-residential space, including uses such as a restaurant, barber shop, beauty store and offices. The apartments will wrap around a central parking deck, a common style for mid-rise buildings.

Rob Nixon, owner of Jackalope Jacks, couldn’t immediately be reached late Tuesday. Jackalope Jacks is a long-time neighborhood gathering spot, and Nixon has run it since 2001. Nixon recently signed an 18-month lease to turn the shuttered Philosopher’s Stone next door into a dog bar. The Philosopher’s Stone, which closed earlier this year, is also included in the rezoning request and would be replaced by apartments.

The rezoning request is scheduled for a public hearing in September, before Charlotte City Council.

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