Faison withdraws plan for apartments in Elizabeth on Jackalope Jacks site

The former Jackalope Jacks.
The former Jackalope Jacks.

A Charlotte developer has withdrawn plans to build apartments at the corner of East Seventh Street and North Caswell Road, according to real estate records.

The site is home to Jackalope Jacks, a popular local bar and restaurant. Jackalope Jacks’ owner Rob Nixon opened a dog bar next door called Hare of the Dog. The planned apartment complex would have displaced those businesses.

The plans were filed in July by Faison, a prominent Charlotte apartment developer. It would have allowed for up to 200 apartments on the 1.7-acre site, along with 15,000 square feet of retail space. The apartments would have wrapped around a parking deck, a common design for mid-rise apartment buildings.

Chris Branch, Faison’s managing director responsible for multifamily development, declined to comment. He didn’t say whether Faison will attempt to resubmit the plans.

“Jackalope got a fresh breath of life,” said Nixon, the restaurant’s owner.

“Another developer can obviously come in,” he said. But Nixon said he hopes if there is another development plan in the future, Jackalope Jacks will have the opportunity to participate.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo