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Council wary of a developer’s plan to close a midtown Charlotte road

The Charlotte City Council has continued a public hearing on whether to close a portion of Greenwood Cliff Road. Pappas Properties wants the road closed so it can build apartments, offices, a hotel and retail on the site.
The Charlotte City Council has continued a public hearing on whether to close a portion of Greenwood Cliff Road. Pappas Properties wants the road closed so it can build apartments, offices, a hotel and retail on the site. Pappas Properties

Developer Peter Pappas wants to close part of a midtown road to build apartments, offices, a hotel and retail. But City Council members aren’t sure that’s a good idea.

Pappas Properties has asked the city to abandon a portion of Greenwood Cliff Road, which connects to Kenilworth Avenue.

Closing part of the road would give the developer more flexibility to redevelop the 5.2-acre site, which is home to the Greater Charlotte Regional Realtors Association. Pappas also said it would better connect the Dilworth and Cherry neighborhoods.

Greenwood Cliff is part of a loop that connects to Kenilworth and Harding Place.

We have a perfectly good street. I am having a little bit of a problem with this.

Council member Patsy Kinsey

To replace Greenwood Cliff, Pappas Properties has proposed extending Pearl Park Way, which would connect Dilworth to Cherry. Pearl Park Way today ends just north of Kenilworth.

But Pappas Properties has asked to be reimbursed for building the new street. The firm has asked the city and county for $4.7 million, which would cover the cost of building the new street, moving the water and sewer lines that are under Greenwood Cliff, and making improvements to Pearl Street Park.

Council members held a public hearing on the road closure Nov. 23. Some were wary of giving up the street.

“This sounds counter to what we have been working for, which is connectivity,” said council member Patsy Kinsey.

She added: “We have a perfectly good street. I am having a little bit of a problem with this.”

Kinsey and other council members voted to delay the hearing about closing the road to Dec. 14.

Besides concerns about connectivity, council members want to see the overall plan for the project, especially since taxpayers will be paying for the new streets.

“The difficulty is you are hearing this piecemeal,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “We don’t know what the overall plan is.”

City Manager Ron Carlee told council members he thought the new street – Pearl Park Way – would improve road connections in the area.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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