Matthews commissioners have denied a zoning request by Everlane Development that would have allowed the builder to construct a 300-unit apartment complex on the west side of Monroe Road, between Galleria Boulevard and Gander Cove Lane.
Everlane said the project would consist of high-end apartments with setbacks much larger than required by code.
Commissioners said that while they liked the plans, they didn’t think the location was the right spot for the project and that it didn’t follow the guidelines laid down in the Monroe Road small-area plan, which called for mixed housing types in that area.
Commissioners also cited traffic concerns, saying that adding that many residential units would further compound traffic congestion on Monroe Road.
In a letter to commissioners, Everlane Development President Matt Poindexter requested a 30-day deferral on the vote to give the company time to make changes that would satisfy the concerns of the town and the residents who lived near the property.
Commissioners said they didn’t think Poindexter could make enough changes fast enough to make a difference. They voted to deny the deferral, then voted to deny the rezoning request.
Everlane, or any other developer interested in developing the property, must now wait one year before coming back to the board with another zoning request if it includes a similar plan. Developers could come back sooner if presenting a plan substantially different from the one just denied.
In other business, commissioners:
▪ Awarded a $1,676,202 contract to Blythe Development for construction of the Campus Ridge relocation project, which will provide better and safer access from John Street to the Central Piedmont Community College campus. Matthews will be responsible for 20 percent, or $335,240, of construction costs. The remaining cost will be covered by federal and state funding.
Commissioners also approved a $131,080 contract with SEPI Engineering and Construction to oversee the project. Matthews’ share of that cost will be $26,216.
▪ Approved the 2015-2016 budget with a tax-rate increase of 2.25 cents. The new town tax rate will be 34 cents per $100 valuation, meaning the owner of a $200,000 home will pay an extra $45 per year in town taxes.
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