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Coming to Charlotte’s Optimist Park: 280 new apartments

The 400 block of East 36th street, which is the site of a proposed Crescent Communities redevelopment in NoDa, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The Blue Line extension development is causing a surge of new construction following the track north of uptown.
The 400 block of East 36th street, which is the site of a proposed Crescent Communities redevelopment in NoDa, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The Blue Line extension development is causing a surge of new construction following the track north of uptown. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

An Atlanta-based developer is planning to build 280 new apartments next to a station along the Blue Line light rail extension north of uptown, according to planning documents filed with the city.

Wood Partners’ plan to build new apartments at 25th and Brevard streets adds to a boom that’s building along the Blue Line’s northern stretch, which is set to open in 2017. About 1,300 new apartments are planned along the light rail extension between Ninth and 36th streets, including developments from Crescent Communities, Levine Properties and NRP Group.

And at North Davidson and 26th streets, apartment developer Faison recently filed a rezoning request for a 4.3-acre transit-oriented development. The company hasn’t given any specifics yet on its plans for the site occupied by the CenterStage@NoDa event venue and a gravel parking lot out back, but the development will likely include more apartments.

The rezoning plan filed by Wood Partners calls for 280 apartments on 3.3 acres. The land is currently zoned industrial, as are many of the surrounding sites. The building would be a maximum of 120 feet tall and would include a parking garage.

The plan is scheduled for a rezoning hearing before the Charlotte City Council in January. Architecture and engineering firm Design Resource Group is working with Wood Partners on the project.

Wood Partners is one of the largest apartment developers in the U.S. The company has developed 15 apartment complexes in North Carolina totaling more than 2,900 units, including Alta Berewick in Steele Creek, where construction is underway. That apartment community is more spread out, with 266 units on 15 acres.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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