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Charlotte City Council OKs SouthPark hotels

The Charlotte City Council approved a rezoning Monday that will allow construction of a seven-story building with two hotels on Sharon Road.

Crosland LLC and Allen Tate petitioned the city to rezone the piece of land near SouthPark mall that now contains apartments. The 3.65-acre property is off Sharon Road, between Fairview Road and Hazelton Drive.

City staff said the rezoning is inconsistent with the SouthPark area plan and that the 70-foot tower would be too high.

However, planning staff said “the proposed use has some residential characteristics and is compatible with the surrounding development,” and there was no protest petition from residents that would have required a supermajority of the council to move forward.

The vote was 10-1. LaWana Mayfield voted no.

City staff had requested that Crosland and Allen Tate make a number of changes to the project, including limiting the height of the hotel to 55 feet. But the city rescinded a number of those requests.

Council members voted unanimously to reject a request to rezone 2.68 acres in Dilworth, on the south side of Atherton Street between Euclid Avenue and Marshall Place. Pulte Home Corp. requested the rezoning to build 37 townhomes on the site. The property had been zoned for single-family homes and general business.

City staff, which recommended against the rezoning, said the townhome proposal didn’t conform with the Dilworth Land Use and Streetscape Plan. In addition, city staff questioned the design of the townhomes, saying the proposed units were “oriented inward” rather than facing the street.

“I struggled with this,” said council member Patsy Kinsey, who represents the area. “The two sides didn’t seem to be able to get together. I have to go with what the neighborhood wants to see (to deny the rezoning).”

Council members also unanimously approved a rezoning for QuikTrip on 2.4 acres at North Sharon Amity Road and Central Avenue, near the site of the old Eastland Mall.

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