‘Ski slope’ church redevelopment in SouthPark up for a vote Monday

A rendering, filed with the city, shows Sharon United Methodist Church after a proposed redevelopment.
A rendering, filed with the city, shows Sharon United Methodist Church after a proposed redevelopment.

A pair of major projects are before Charlotte City Council on Monday, one in SouthPark for a decision and one in Elizabeth for a discussion.

The zoning meeting is held on the third Monday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Center uptown. Several projects on the agenda are seeking deferrals this month, meaning they will be pushed back to April’s hearing.

Here are the biggest projects City Council will consider Monday:

▪ Sharon United Methodist Church: City Council is set to vote on a plan to redevelop the Sharon United Methodist Church property in SouthPark. Childress Klein is working with the church at Sharon Road and Morrison Boulevard on a plan that would replace the church – known for its distinctive “ski slope” shape – with up to 490 apartments, a 175-room hotel, offices, shops, restaurants and a gym. The site would also include a 750-seat church facility for Sharon United Methodist to continue using.

The development would be much more dense than the church and surface parking that occupy the 8.6-acre site now. To help offset traffic concerns, the developers would build a network of internal streets to connect the site and divert some traffic away from congested arterial paths such as Sharon Road. The redeveloped site would generate an estimated 10,100 daily vehicle trips, about 10 times more than it currently generates.

Dozens of church members came to a City Council meeting last month to show their support for the plan.

City planning staff has expressed concern that a new street connecting Morrison and Coltsgate Road would be covered and enclosed, with a building constructed overhead. That could confuse people and make them think it’s a private street just for residents and tenants, staff wrote.

“The street should look and feel like a public street, and should not appear to be a street or driveway that is only to be used by employees, residents, or shoppers of the proposed development,” staff wrote.

▪ New apartments in Elizabeth: The Elizabeth site home to Jackalope Jacks is also a redevelopment target, with Faison planning to build 125 apartments and 15,000 square feet of shops and restaurants on the 1.7 acres at East Seventh Street and North Caswell Road.

The developer will present plans Monday, and City Council members and opponents will have a chance to speak and ask questions. Council will then vote on the proposal at a later meeting, likely next month. Work could start on the site about a year after approval.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo