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Path cleared for demolition, rebuilding of SouthPark’s ‘ski slope’ church

The Charlotte City Council Monday unanimously approved a plan Monday to redevelop the “ski slope” Sharon United Methodist in SouthPark, which will become a mixed-use community of apartments, a hotel, offices and restaurants.
The Charlotte City Council Monday unanimously approved a plan Monday to redevelop the “ski slope” Sharon United Methodist in SouthPark, which will become a mixed-use community of apartments, a hotel, offices and restaurants.

The Charlotte City Council Monday unanimously approved a plan Monday to redevelop the “ski slope” church in SouthPark, which will become a mixed-use community of apartments, a hotel, offices and restaurants.

The developer, Childress Klein, will also build a 750-seat building that will be the new home of Sharon United Methodist Church.

To disperse traffic, Childress Klein has said it will build a series of internal streets inside the development, at Morrison Boulevard and Sharon Road.

Council member Kenny Smith, who represents the area, said the project will be “transformational.”

The city recently partnered with the Urban Land Institute to study how to make SouthPark more walkable. Smith said the proposed development fits that vision.

Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles supported the development for its mix of business and residential use. “The idea of having an employment center surrounded by housing, it’s a great start,” she said.

About three-dozen members of the church cheered when council approved the project. They wore light blue T-Shirts that said, “Dream Big, SouthPark.”

City staff, however, objected to one of the proposed new streets that would connect Morrison Boulevard to Coltsgate Road. The plan calls for the street to be a similar to a tunnel, with buildings above it.

The city said it should be “indistinguishable from a public street.”

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @sharrison_Obs

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