South Charlotte

2 south-Charlotte development projects to be considered

Two Ballantyne-area zoning proposals that attracted homeowner attention in recent months are headed for a final Charlotte City Council decision Jan. 20.

Both bring approval from the city’s zoning committee.

In one proposal, a developer wants to add apartments at an intersection near the Morrison Family YMCA. In another, the developer wants to build a center for neighborhood services across from the Blakeney Preserve neighborhood.

Both projects had drawn feedback in recent months from residents concerned about traffic, among other things.

In one petition, Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners wants 7.91 acres at the intersection of North Community House and Bryant Farms roads rezoned to allow up to 194 apartment units, down from the 240 units developers originally had sought.

The property, in addition to roughly 2 acres bordering it, was zoned in 1991 to allow 70,000 square feet of retail space. The land is owned by Harris Teeter LLC.

Tom Barker, region president for Terwilliger Pappas, said developers want to build apartments with units ranging from 600 to 1,300 square feet. The projected rents would be $1,100-$1,900 a month.

Barker said developers adjusted the project after talking with stakeholders. The company previously was asking for one four-story building and one three-story building. Now developers are asking for a single three-story building.

Barker said the most significant change is that the two retail out-parcels that bordered the property will be combined and relocated at the corner of Community House and Bryant Farms roads through a land-swap agreement with Harris Land Co.

“Our building is now much farther away from the Bexley neighborhood than it was before, as a result of being able to do an exchange with the retail property,” Barker said.

The property will feature two elevators, and studio to three-bedroom units.

On-site amenities will include a pet walk and park, a pet spa, outdoor grilling, a heated saltwater pool and private gathering areas with fire pits, Barker said.

“The proximity to the YMCA and Ballantyne and the employers is a big part of our amenity package,” Barker said.

The zoning committee approved the project unanimously, said committee member Ray Eschert.

“We feel like we’ve had a healthy discussion over a dozen meetings with various neighborhood groups,” Barker said. “I think we’ve come up with a result that we feel is a really good design for the area, and we feel like the neighborhood will be happy with it.”

In the second zoning petition, which will go before the City Council on Jan. 20, Lenox Development Group has requested a change in zoning for 6.09 acres on the north side of Ardrey Kell Road, between Blakeney Heath and Community House roads.

The land is across from Blakeney Preserve and currently is zoned for three single-family residential properties per acre.

Eric Vargosko, managing partner with Lenox Development Group, said the company wants to build three 10,000-square-foot buildings complementary to nearby Blakeney Shopping Center.

Vargosko said the impetus for the change is the desire to add a fifth location to Lenox Salons. The salon, which provides suites for advanced stylists, has locations in Ballantyne, South End, Lake Norman and Birkdale.

The petition has been recommended for approval by the zoning committee; however, staff has not recommended approval.

“We feel we’ve worked hard with staff and with the zoning committee and neighborhoods to try to come up with a plan for the project that’s acceptable to everyone,” said Vargosko.

He said that if the project is approved, he hopes to break ground in early April. He said he hopes to complete the first building as the Lenox salon location by late 2015.

Depending on activity, the entire project could be built out in two or three years, Vargosko said.

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