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335 more apartments approved along Blue Line light rail extension

A rendering of the planned Parkwood Station apartments filed as part of a rezoning request with the city of Charlotte.
A rendering of the planned Parkwood Station apartments filed as part of a rezoning request with the city of Charlotte.

Charlotte City Council voted Monday to approve 335 new apartments along the light rail line under construction north of uptown.

Ohio-based apartment developer NRP Group is behind the project. The 3.6-acre site is adjacent to the Blue Line light rail extension, at the Parkwood Station, set to open in 2017.

City staff initially said they had reservations about the proposal because it didn’t include space that could be used for ground-floor retail or other “active” uses. But the developer agreed to include 9,700 square feet of “convertible” space that could be used for either apartments or nonresidential occupants, such as shops and cafes.

“The proposed development is designed to be pedestrian-friendly,” said council member Patsy Kinsey, a Democrat who represents the area.

Council member Julie Eiselt said she was initially opposed to the project, but changed to support it because it will help prepare the neighborhood for more retail down the line, once more people move to the area.

The apartments won’t be NRP Group’s first project in Charlotte. The company built a similarly sized apartment building at South Church and West Morehead Street, on uptown’s southern edge. Called Loft 135 (originally known Quarters at Morehead), that project is a five-story, 298-unit apartment building.

The Parkwood Station project is just one of the new developments popping up along the light rail’s northern leg. About 1,900 new apartments are under construction or planned around the $1.2 billion, 9.3-mile Blue Line extension, which will connect uptown and UNC Charlotte.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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