Development

New developments approved in Charlotte's South End

Rendering of proposed design for former South Boulevard firehouse, from rezoning documents.
Rendering of proposed design for former South Boulevard firehouse, from rezoning documents.

Charlotte City Council voted to approve two new developments in South End on Monday night, clearing the way for the area’s boom to continue.

Monday’s zoning meeting was much shorter than usual, with only a few items on the agenda. It was the final zoning meeting for outgoing members of City Council.

The December 14 zoning meeting is set to have a much heavier agenda. A new, post-election City Council is set to take office next month, and the December 14 zoning meeting will start at 4 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Any leftover items would then be taken up at a meeting three days later, on Thursday, Dec. 17, in a rare zoning double-header.

The developments approved Monday include:

▪ More new housing in South End: Ryan Homes is planning a transit-oriented development on a 1.7-acre site at the southeast corner of West Summit Avenue and South Church Street. There aren’t many details on the proposal, since it is a conventional rezoning (meaning a site plan isn’t required), but the transit-oriented zoning Ryan Homes wants requires a minimum density of 20 residential units per acre and allows office and retail uses. The site is currently zoned for industrial uses.

▪ Office or retail in a former Charlotte Fire Department building: The former fire station at 1215 South Blvd. is set to be turned into an office or retail use. The fire station was built in 1958, and most recently housed the fire investigation unit.

SLT Commercial Properties, a local firm based on North Tryon Street, is behind the project, according to city documents.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

  Comments