University City

Zoning change OK'd near Northlake

The Charlotte City Council has approved rezoning about 24 acres near Northlake Mall for a 62,000-square-foot, mixed-use commercial development.

Percival McGuire Commercial Real Estate Development asked the council to change the zoning from residential to neighborhood services.

The proposed 12,500 square feet of retail space for Northlake Plaza is not consistent with the Northlake Area Plan, which recommends a limit of 10,000 square feet.

But Charlotte's planning staff ultimately recommended approval, saying the project would be a good fit.

"This proposal will result in an interconnected development, which relates to and enhances the proposed Long Branch and Dixon Branch greenway corridors," the May 16 staff report says.

The location for the development is between Interstate 485 and Reames Road. Dixon Branch and Long Creek greenways meet just behind the site.

The site plan calls for five buildings. Those would include about 26,000 square feet of office space in two buildings. The proposed 12,500 square feet of retail space also would be in those one- or two-story buildings.

The project also will include 10,000 square feet for a day-care center, 9,000 square feet square feet for a sit-down restaurant or bank, and 4,300 square feet for a drive-through restaurant. Greenway connections are included in the plan.