Up for rezoning: Providence Road projects

The Charlotte City Council has another busy Monday night coming up, with a full schedule of rezoning decisions and requests. Two projects that could have a big impact on Providence Road, one of the city’s most prominent commuter thoroughfares, are likely to get a lot of attention.

▪ First, a plan for a day care facility on Providence Road near Springs Farm Lane that has drawn neighbors’ ire. The Kiddie Academy, neighbors contend, would lead to traffic jams from parents picking up or dropping off their kids during peak times. They also say the facility could be a safety hazard, since the area is so congested already. The petition has picked up a protest petition from nearby property owners, which means a three-fourths majority of City Council will have to vote to approve it (Don’t forget: The legislature just banned protest petitions, starting next month). The plan is up for a hearing Monday, and staff recommends approval.

▪ A planned redevelopment that would replace the Carmel on Providence apartment complex with an 11-acre, mixed-use project is also up for a hearing. Proposed by Levine Properties and Raley Miller Properties, the project at Providence and Fairview roads could include up to 225 apartment units, 100,000 square feet of retail space and a grocery store. The site could have a big impact on traffic: The projected number of vehicle trips would jump from 1,300 under the current zoning to 8,300, the Charlotte Department of Transportation said.

“This site is located in a wedge and located at one of Charlotte’s most congested intersections,” CDOT wrote. “It is unlikely there are viable mitigation opportunities to offset the additional traffic that would be generated under this proposal.”

City staff isn’t recommending approval of the petition in its current form.

▪ A proposal for up to 147 apartments and about 8,900 square feet of retail space in NoDa is up for a vote. The 1.64-acre site at Matheson Avenue and North Davidson Street is currently zoned for houses and industrial activity. This is near the 36th Street Blue Line extension station and would add to the apartment boom gathering steam in NoDa.

But city staff is recommending the council vote the petition down. Staff wrote: “The request for additional height does not provide an adequate transition to abutting single family and will negatively impact abutting single family residential.”

▪ The City Council is likely to put off a number of prominent decisions, as several petitioners are requesting deferrals because the full council won’t be in attendance. Those decisions likely to be deferred include a request to add townhouses and a pool to the historic VanLandingham Estate in Plaza Midwood, more apartments at North Davidson and 27th streets, and a mixed-use development in Cherry.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo