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More details on proposed South End apartments

An elevation of proposed South End apartments filed as part of Pollack Shores’ rezoning petition.
An elevation of proposed South End apartments filed as part of Pollack Shores’ rezoning petition.

Apartment company Pollack Shores is moving forward with a plan to build 350 new apartments on Tremont Avenue in South End, and the firm revealed some more details about the development at a recent community meeting.

The building would be on an 8.4-acre site on the south side of Tremont Ave, between Tryon Street and Hawkins Street. That’s near Sycamore Brewing, the Blue Line light rail and thousands of other apartment units in South End that are either proposed or under construction.

Atlanta-based Pollack Shores needs permission from Charlotte City Council to rezone the site, which is currently occupied by industrial buildings. As part of the rezoning process, the company held an informational session earlier this month with local residents.

At the meeting (you can find minutes from it online here), a Pollack Shores executive said the company plans to complete the first apartments on the site in mid-2018 and finish the building by 2019. The four-story building would include a 20-foot easement for a pedestrian and bike path connecting Tryon and Hawkins streets. A new public street would bisect the site, connecting Tremont Street with the southern edge of the site.

The apartment building would include up to 2,500 square feet of non-residential uses on the ground floor, such as shops or offices. Pollack Shores’ plan is to develop the site in phases, with the first apartment building constructed on the side of the property near Tryon Street. The eastern half of the site, closer to Hawkins Street, would be developed later.

Some neighbors expressed concern that the design is too uniform and similar to other apartments being developed nearby. One of the architects working on the project said the design is still being refined, and could look different in the future.

City Council will hold a hearing on the plan in the coming months, and then vote on the proposal. Stay tuned for more details.

Pollack Shores is also developing large apartment buildings on Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood and on Park Road near SouthPark.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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