Development

Controversial projects delayed, Park Road apartments up for a vote Monday

A rezoning sign with graffiti saying "No" to the rezoning on Luther Street in the Cherry neighborhood Wednesday May 14, 2014. Rezonings can be contentious when neighborhoods oppose a new project.
A rezoning sign with graffiti saying "No" to the rezoning on Luther Street in the Cherry neighborhood Wednesday May 14, 2014. Rezonings can be contentious when neighborhoods oppose a new project. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

A controversial plan to build more apartments near Park Road is up for a vote Monday at Charlotte City Council, while developers are requesting deferrals for votes on two other apartment plans in Elizabeth and Cotswold that have drawn community opposition.

The monthly rezoning meeting, where City Council considers and votes on new development plans, is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m., at the Government Center uptown. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda:

▪ Apartments on Drexel Place, near Park and Montford roads: The owner of the aging Melrose Place apartments wants to tear them down and build a new complex on the 2.9-acre site with up to 265 units. Neighbors are against the project, which they say is too dense and would encroach on the surrounding single-family areas.

City staff agrees, and is recommending City Council vote down the project. The Zoning Commission, an advisory group that also weighs in, is recommending in favor of the new apartments, however. The plan is up for a vote Monday.

▪ Two controversial projects seek a delay: Neighbors in Elizabeth and Cotswold spoke out against two plans to build apartments in their neighborhoods at a hearing last month. In Elizabeth, Faison wants to build a mixed-use apartment and retail building at Seventh and Caswell streets. In Elizabeth, developer Greystar wants to build a new age-restricted apartment building for seniors on Randolph Road, on the site of the Masonic temple.

Neighbors in both areas said they think the plans are too dense and out of scale with the surroundings, and raised concerns about traffic. Both developers are requesting the votes on their plans be deferred to the city’s June zoning meeting, presumably to allow them more time to build support

▪ A new hotel in South End: City Council is set to vote on a proposal to build a 130-room hotel at the vacant corner of South Tryon Street and West Kingston Avenue. The building would include 4,700 square feet of ground floor retail, likely to be used at least in part by a cafe. The hotel proposal hasn’t faced any community opposition, and city staff are recommending a vote in favor of the plan.

▪ Two self-storage projects: As self-storage booms along with Charlotte’s apartment boom, two projects to build climate-controlled self-storage are up for a vote Monday. City Council has appeared skeptical of some of the new self-storage projects, which would build climate-controlled storage that looks more like offices or apartments in mixed-use districts, instead of the industrial or warehouse districts where they’ve traditionally been located.

The plans up for a vote both would incorporate retail or office space on their ground floors, making them some of the city’s first mixed-use self-storage proposals. One is located at East Tenth Street and Seigle Avenue, near uptown, and one is on Prosperity Church Road, between Johnston Oehler Road and Interstate 485.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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