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Hundreds of apartments planned along light rail in University City

8310 University Executive Park Drive.
8310 University Executive Park Drive.

A developer is planning to bring up to 280 apartments to North Tryon Street along the Blue Line light rail extension in University City, according to a rezoning plan made public Thursday.

The site on University Park Drive, south of North Tryon and W.T. Harris Boulevard, is in a section of Charlotte that’s rapidly becoming more dense. The $1.2 billion Blue Line extension is set to open next summer, running from uptown to UNC-Charlotte.

According to the rezoning request filed by ATAPCO, a Baltimore-based developer and the property’s owner, the plan calls for replacing the two one-story, commercial and medical office buildings on the 4.5-acre site with a single apartment building. The five-story building would also have up to 10,000 square feet of ground-floor space devoted to non-residential uses, such as shops or a restaurant.

An ATAPCO executive couldn’t immediately be reached for more information. Charlotte City Council will hold a hearing and vote on the rezoning request in the coming weeks.

There has been a surge of development activity along the Blue Line extension route. Including the new ATAPCO project, almost 2,200 new apartments have been announced or are underway in the corridor.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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