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Developer changes Ballantyne site plan

Mark Gibbs, division president for David Weekley Homes, said the company now wants to build 17 single-family houses and 27 townhouses off Endhaven Lane.
Mark Gibbs, division president for David Weekley Homes, said the company now wants to build 17 single-family houses and 27 townhouses off Endhaven Lane. earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Just more than a week before the Charlotte City Council was expected to decide on a Ballantyne development zoning proposal, the developer changed the types of properties it wanted to include, sending the proposal back to the public hearing phase.

Last summer, Houston-based David Weekley Homes requested city permission to build townhouses on a Ballantyne property zoned for single-family detached houses.

The company wanted to build as many as 44 townhouses on 5.5 acres on the north side of Endhaven Lane, between North Community House Road and Misty Ridge Lane.

The development was expected to go before the City Council on Feb. 16, a meeting ultimately rescheduled for Feb. 18 because of winter weather.

But on Feb. 13, City Planner Solomon Fortune said the developer resubmitted its site plan to reflect the addition of single-family houses to the site.

Mark Gibbs, division president for David Weekley Homes, said the company now wants to build 17 single-family houses and 27 townhouses.

“We really think it’s a better plan,” he said. “It gave us an opportunity to hit two different potential buyers.”

Because of the change of the composition of the property, city staff recommended that the new proposal go before a public hearing so adjacent property owners can have an opportunity to speak, Fortune said.

Fortune said the city will hold that hearing March 16.

For the single-family houses and the townhouses, Gibbs said, the units will include three to four bedrooms and will be two and three stories tall. They will range from about 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. Interior amenities will include 10-foot first-floor ceilings, open floor plans, two-car garages and granite countertops.

Gibbs said that although the single-family houses and townhouses will be fairly similar, the yards will be different. The houses will have rear yards and front-loading garages, and the townhouses will have front yards and back-loading garages.

“We diversified our product offering, which gave us a chance to expand our reach a little bit,” said Gibbs. “We’re excited about what we’re doing.”

Gibbs said the developer also is happy about the location of the property. He said the North Community House Road bridge over Interstate 485 is expected to be complete soon, which will connect residents in the new townhouses to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Although specific prices haven’t been set, Gibbs said he expects the townhouses to start in the $300,000s and the single-family homes to start in the $400,000s.

Resident Kenneth Pickering, who recently moved into the Misty Ridge neighborhood, said he’s grateful the new development will include high-end property.

“That’s a wonderful price point for me,” he said. “The last thing I’d want is low-end townhouses.”

Rougemont resident Carol Shepherd agreed, although she said she is sad to see anything developed on the property, noting that her family loves the more natural setting.

She also said she has concerns about traffic in the area.

“The traffic’s already is horrible on Endhaven,” she said. “I can’t imagine getting out of the neighborhood early in the morning if we have even more congestion than what we normally have.”

Should the zoning change be approved, Gibbs said, he expects to break ground on the project this fall and begin construction around this time next year. He said residents could move in by May or June of 2016.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero

Endhaven Lane between North Community House Road and Misty Ridge Lane

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