South Charlotte

Homeowners protest proposed community

A proposed senior living community at the corner of Providence Road West and Old Ardrey Kell Road is too tall and will not blend in with the mostly residential area, residents told City Council members Monday.

Liberty Healthcare Properties of Mecklenburg County LLC wants to build an independent living facility with as many as 168 beds. The community would feature luxury apartments as well as several recreational amenities such as a game room, art studio and a full service wellness center.

The company also wants to build a skilled-nursing facility on the 17.5 acre tract. The separate building could have as many as 120 beds as well as dining areas and rehabilitation facilities, according to the proposal.

Liberty Healthcare acquired the property in 2010. The original developer, McAlpine Group LLC, had plans of constructing 116 townhomes on the site in 2007.

At Monday's public hearing to change the land's zoning from MX-2 to Institutional, residents of Allyson Park presented council members with a protest petition that more than 25 percent of residents had signed.

Liberty had not returned phone calls by late Thursday.

Resident George Chen, whose property on Capricorn Lane backs up to Liberty Healthcare's property, told council members the proposed building would be too high and too dense.

According to the proposal, the nursing facility will be one story while the independent living facility would be one to four stories.

Raj Kathrotia, who has lived on Capricorn Lane in Allyson Park for three years, said that while he appreciates new business coming to the area, he's worried about property values.

To avoid a fall, he said developers need to upgrade the buildings' materials and design.

Kathrotia referenced the fire station near Providence and Pineville-Matthews roads as an example of a development built in harmony with the surrounding residential communities.

"That was really nicely done," he said. "As long as they can upgrade it...and make it really nice looking, I'll be OK...," he said.

But resident Mary Gordon, who lives on the opposite side of the neighborhood, said she doesn't want the development approved at all.

"I prefer a more rural setting. This is just another development right on top of us," she said.

The zoning committee is expected to discuss rezoning the south Charlotte property at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Government Center. The meeting is open to the public. If committee members decide on a recommendation, City Council could make a decision on Sept. 19.