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SouthPark townhouses approved at Fairview and Closeburn roads

A view of planned attached housing units at Fairview and Closeburn roads, from Charlotte rezoning materials.
A view of planned attached housing units at Fairview and Closeburn roads, from Charlotte rezoning materials.

One corner of SouthPark is about to get a bit denser, with up to 18 townhouses slated to replace two single-family houses on Closeburn Road at Fairview Road.

The plan was approved Monday night by Charlotte City Council. Filed by Charlotte Parker and Marion McGaha, the rezoning will allow the townhouses to be built in two main buildings on the 2-acre site, with a road running between them.

It’s part of the increasing density of SouthPark, which is becoming more urban as it transitions from the suburban, shopping-mall-centered development model that sprang up when the area was mostly fields and cow pastures on the edge of Charlotte.

Although it’s on a smaller scale, the same dynamics are in play whether you’re looking at replacing two houses with 18 townhouses or 353 apartments with 1,100 (as developers are nearby at the Colony apartments). Land is more valuable in SouthPark, so there’s an incentive to build more on existing lots than single-family houses or low-density apartments. Add in the dynamic of more people wanting to live closer to the urban core, and you have a recipe for denser infill development.

Construction on the Closeburn Road site could start by summer 2016. The units will likely be $600,000 or more, depending on size.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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