South Charlotte

Hearing set for vacant Quail Hollow site

Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing Nov. 17 for a proposed development at a long-vacant Quail Hollow site.

Quail Hollow Village, which Harris Land Co. has proposed, would feature offices, retail, condos and a hotel.

For about a decade, the intersection of Park Road and Gleneagles Road has been fenced off. Harris Land Co. had planned a development on the 19-acre site that would have been anchored by a Saks Fifth Avenue, but that project was aborted.

The current zoning application seeks two changes to the original site plan. The developer wants permission to build up to 350 residential units for sale or rent.

Owner Dee-Dee Harris also said she is seeking an additional curb cut on Park Road, which would provide delivery to the larger tenant without going through the heart of the project.

Walter Fields, an attorney representing Harris, was not available for comment.

In September, Fields told the Observer that Harris wasn’t seeking additional density or height from what was previously approved. The amendments are more about flexibility, he said.

“We are limited in terms of absolute amount of development,” Fields said in September. “We want to be able to swap one use for another. If we wanted more offices, then there would be fewer residential units.”

The site plan filed with the city calls for 120,000 square feet of retail/restaurant, 65,000 square feet of specialty retail, 120,000 square feet of office, and a 200-room hotel.

Fields said a catalyst for the project is the upcoming PGA Championship in 2017, which is scheduled to be hosted by nearby Quail Hollow Club.

He said in September that the hotel amenity would be useful for the PGA. There is not expected to be a Saks on the site anymore, he added.

Richard McGregor, who’s lived in nearby Shillington Place since 1996, said he has some initial concerns about the impact the development will have on traffic in the area.

“Like anything else, we all have a little bit of the ‘Let’s keep the status quo’ gene,” he said. “I’m not sure we really need a hotel in this area.”

But he said he’s hopeful that the developers will tastefully plan the property with limitations on height, adequate underground parking and easy access.

Still, McGregor said he’d rather see a park developed on the site.

“We’re spoiled by options,” he said, listing SouthPark Mall, Phillips Place and Carolina Place as nearby retail options. “We have far more options than we really need today.”

City councilman Kenny Smith, who represents the district where the property is located, attended the community meeting about the project in October and said most of the feedback was positive.

“Nobody was overly negative,” he said. “The meeting was positive in that it didn’t deteriorate. We had more positive dialogue back and forth.”

He said some in the crowd of roughly 25 residents did ask pointed questions, with concerns about traffic and the impact on their neighborhoods nearby. But most were optimistic about the project, he said.

“I think if you live in … any of the neighborhoods that aren’t immediately adjacent, you’re probably very excited that there will be some additional retail opportunities there,” Smith said. “I think the immediate neighbors tend to prefer that it remain a blank canvas.”

Still, Smith said “the heavy work was the original rezoning.”

“Right now they’re looking for some flexibility to move some parts around,” he said. “They have a very clear vision as to the image they want to promote at the site.”

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