Apartments, rental houses planned for Seigle Ave. church site

A site plan for the apartments at 10th Street and Seigle Avenue, filed as part of a rezoning request.
A site plan for the apartments at 10th Street and Seigle Avenue, filed as part of a rezoning request.

A development company is planning to build 264 apartments at 10th Street and Seigle Avenue, on a site currently occupied by Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church.

As the Observer reported last month, the church property is under contract to be sold and the church plans to relocate. A rezoning plan filed by Alliance Residential, a Phoenix-based company, details what could happen on the site.

Alliance is proposing to build a four-story, brick-sided building at 10th and Seigle, with up to 3,500 square feet of retail or other uses on the ground floor at the corner. The site plan also includes up to 10 single-family houses – which will be for rent – and a leasing office, as well as a parking deck for the apartments. The site is adjacent to the planned route of the Cross Charlotte Trail, and would be connected to the future greenway.

“We are pleased to be bringing a signature project to the Charlotte market,” said Donald Santos, the director for Alliance Residential’s Charlotte office, in a statement. The development’s preliminary name is Broadstone Central. “Thoughtful land planning and consistent programming will make Broadstone Central more than simply an apartment community, but a true mixed-use neighborhood.”

Charlotte City Council will hold a rezoning hearing about the company’s plans in the coming months, and neighbors and city planning staff will have a chance to weigh in.

If approved, the development could break ground this winter, and could open by the second quarter of 2018.

The development would be the latest in a surge of about 1,000 new apartments just east of uptown through the heart of Plaza Midwood. Across the street from Seigle Avenue Presbyterian, a mixed-use, self-storage facility is also up for rezoning.

At Central and Louise avenues, Pollack Shores is building The Gibson, a 250-unit apartment. At Hawthorne and Central avenues, Campus Works has started construction on a 349-unit building, and at Central and Clement avenues, TriBridge is working on a 246-unit building. DPJ Residential plans to start work soon in July on a 97-unit at Central Avenue across from Westover Street.

Seigle Avenue Presbyterian said it plans to use the proceeds from the sale, which hasn’t closed yet, to find a new location.

“Selling our property allows us to continue our ministry to the least of these regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or economic status,” said Rev. Floretta L. Watkins, the church’s pastor.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo