New mixed-use project approved in NoDa near light rail extension

A conceptual rendering of the NoDa development planned by Eller Capital Partners.
A conceptual rendering of the NoDa development planned by Eller Capital Partners.

Charlotte City Council on Monday voted to approve a rezoning plan for a new mixed-use development in a fast-growing corner of NoDa adjacent to the soon-to-open 36th Street light rail extension station.

The 1.1-acre site is next to Crescent NoDa, where Crescent Communities is building 344 apartments planned to open next year. The site, between 35th and 36th streets along the light rail line, is currently used for a warehouse.

The initial plan filed by Eller Capital Partners, a Raleigh-based company, called for up to 180 apartments on the site. The final plan will include about 200 units, including some on an adjacent site on 35th Street, an Eller Capital representative said Monday. The plan also specifies a minimum of 5,000 square feet of non-residential space will be included on the ground floor. Resident amenities, such as a gym, won’t count towards that requirement.

The proposed building would be up to 79 feet tall. The developer has also committed to contribute at least $20,000 for art at the site. The non-residential ground floor uses will be built to face 36th Street and 35th Street, and the developer will explore using the alley along the property’s southern edge for art display and temporary outdoor sales such as produce stands.

In addition to the Crescent NoDa apartments under construction, Flywheel Group recently filed preliminary plans last week for up to 400 apartments at Philemon Avenue and Craighead Road, which would also be connected to the 36th Street Station. Charlotte City Council on Monday also approved the rezoning request for that site, allowing that project to move forward.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo