Pepsi Bottling redevelopment plans moving forward in South End

Lennar Multifamily’s plan to rezone a prominent South Boulevard site for a mixed-use development is moving forward, and it appeared Monday night that Charlotte City Council is on board.

The apartment developer submitted its request to rezone the Pepsi Bottling site from industrial to transit-oriented uses in July. The company is also developing the Midtown 205 apartment complex uptown at East Third Street and South Kings Drive.

Lennar filed the proposed development as a “conventional” rezoning petition, which means it doesn’t have to file detailed plans to be approved. Most rezoning petitions are filed as “conditional” plans, which means developers file in-depth plans and haggle with staff and City Council over the details.

City Council members have shown some hesitancy toward conventional zoning requests. They generally like having the greater detail they get with a conditional rezoning. But on Monday, council members said the developer had approached them with a heads-up and held meetings with adjacent property owners, mollifying many of their concerns.

The land is adjacent to the New Bern light rail station, and is recommended for transit-oriented uses. Charlotte city staff said they support the plan.

City Council will vote on the proposal next month. If they approve it, the way would be clear for Lennar to tear down and redevelop the Pepsi Bottling site. The area is seeing intensive development already, with Hopper Communities building townhouses nearby and Marsh Properties tearing down and redeveloping Sedgefield Shopping Center.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo