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Big rezoning plans in Plaza Midwood, on Providence Road up for a vote Monday

dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Two major rezoning decisions are up for a vote Monday night at Charlotte City Council: A controversial plan to add townhouses and a pool to a historic estate in Plaza Midwood and a new mixed-use development on Providence Road.

The zoning meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.

City staff are recommending approval of both proposals. Both have stirred up worries about traffic, always an issue as Charlotte continues to grow.

Up first in Plaza Midwood: Billy Maddalon, owner of the VanLandingham Estate, has filed a proposal to add 19 townhouses on part of the estate’s land The Plaza and Belvedere Avenue. He also wants to lease land along Belvedere to Plaza Midwood for a neighborhood swim club.

Maddalon has said the VanLandingham Estate loses money as an inn and event space, and he would eventually have to shutter the business without the changes sought in his rezoning.

“It’s an unsustainable business. It will go away if we don’t change it,” Maddalon said at a hearing on the plan last week. The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association has said it supports the plan.

But some neighbors and attendees of a nearby church have said they fear an influx of traffic from the swim club, which would likely draw hundreds of new members. Maddalon has agreed to secure 41 off-site parking spaces to help deal with crowds before starting construction.

Up next, on Providence Road just south of I-485: Charlotte-based Crescent Communities is seeking a scaled-down version of its plan to build a major mixed-use development in a fast-growing pocket of the city. The company had originally proposed rezoning 72 acres for 30,000 square feet of retail and office space, a 150-room hotel, and up to 425 apartments and 175 single-family attached and detached residences.

But at last month’s hearing, some City Council members said they were worried about the impact of nearby construction on traffic. Providence Road is already congested, and two larger mixed-use developments – Charlotte Golf Links and Waverly – are already bringing hundreds of new apartments, houses and hotel rooms, along with retail and office buildings. Waverly is adjacent to Crescent’s site, and Charlotte Golf Links is across the street.

In a revised site plan filed earlier this month, Crescent has reduced its request from 72 acres to 38 acres. The company is dropping its request to build on the part of the site farthest from Providence Road, which would have accommodated single family houses. That area would be left zoned for a residential subdivision.

The proposal now calls for up to 425 multifamily residents and 118 single-family attached and detached residents, along with a 180-room hotel and up to 30,000 square feet of retail and office space.

The new zoning would be expected to increase the number of vehicle trips per day possible at the site from 2,100 to 8,500, and is expected to add to congestion on Providence Road, even with improvements to the road network.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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