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Decades-old apartments in South Charlotte may face changes

In rezoning petition 2015-46, Mallard Creek Associates wants to redevelop the Carmel on Providence apartment community to include a mix of residential and retail uses.
In rezoning petition 2015-46, Mallard Creek Associates wants to redevelop the Carmel on Providence apartment community to include a mix of residential and retail uses. earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Two decades-old apartment complexes on Providence Road are slated to go before city council in May for zonings changes, promising a modern up-fit along the major Charlotte corridor but also threatening the future of hundreds of residents.

In zoning petition 2015-46, Mallard Creek Associates wants to redevelop the 109-unit Carmel on Providence apartment community to include a mix of residential and retail uses. And in petition 2015-52, Northwood Ravin has requested a site plan amendment to redevelop Pinehurst on Providence.

Pinehurst on Providence

Charlotte apartment firm Northwood Ravin recently purchased the 407-unit Pinehurst on Providence apartment complex. The site, which was formerly known as Camden Pinehurst, was rezoned in 2013 to allow up to 580 multi-family dwelling units.

Now the company is requesting to revise the layout and design of the proposed development while still allowing up to 580 multi-family dwelling units.

Chital Mehta, who has lived at Pinehurst for two years and is expecting her first child, said she would be sad if residents had to move out during the redevelopment.

“It’s a quiet place and I like quiet places,” she said.

A public hearing for the zoning proposal is scheduled for May 18 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Carmel on Providence

Meanwhile, Charlotte-based Levine Properties and Raley Miller Properties recently filed for a zoning change that would allow an 11-acre, mixed-use apartment project at Providence and Fairview roads.

The development could feature up to 225 apartments, according to the zoning application. The land is in two parcels, one owned by a company affiliated with Daniel Levine, head of Levine Properties, the other by Raley Miller Properties.

The new development would replace the Carmel on Providence apartment complex.

“The property has been in its current state for almost 45 years and as a multi-family development, it is showing some signs of age,” said David Miller, CEO of Raley Miller. “I think the market here would just dictate that a nicer quality development be pursued there.”

Ahmed Koroma said he’d rather the apartment complex stay the way it is.

“It’s on a good side of town, there are no disturbances, we feel very safe,” he said. “It would be very difficult to find another place that’s as suitable and comfortable.”

He said he’s also concerned about finding a place zoned for the school that his 8-year-old daughter is attending now, which is Sharon Elementary.

Monica Munn-Schreml echoed that concern. She said her daughter attends Waddell Language Academy on Nations Ford Road and their apartment’s current location is convenient.

As a single-mom, Munn-Schreml said she’s worried about finding an apartment in the same community for a reasonable price.

“It has a lot of space and big old trees and there's place for her to run around and be a kid,” she said. “it’s a nice quiet place with cheap rent.”

Still, she said she understands why developers have asked for a zoning change.

“I know it’s an eyesore,” she said.

The new buildings at Carmel on Providence would be a maximum of five stories, according to the zoning proposals, and the site also would feature up to 100,000 square feet for uses such as retail and eating and drinking establishments. Miller said he doesn’t have details on what sorts of businesses would be at the site.

The zoning request is set for a public hearing at the May 18 City Council meeting as well.

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