University City

New seniors' apartments proposed

A development group with local ties plans to build a four-story apartment building for senior adults at W.T. Harris Boulevard and Forest Drive, north of Interstate 485.

NRP Properties/Northlake Seniors is asking the Charlotte City Council to rezone less than 2 acres of vacant land near Mount Holly-Huntersville Road for Pecan Ridge.

Robert Drakeford of The Drakeford Co. is one of the developers. Drakeford is asking to change the zoning of the tract from commercial to a mixed-use category.

The project is in the early stages and most details are tentative, Drakeford said. The concept is for a community for adults age 55 and older.

The site plan filed with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department calls for an L-shaped building that would wrap around the northeast corner of the intersection.

The building would have about 75 one- and two-bedroom units, with parking in the rear.

Preliminary plans call for 60 percent of the exterior to be covered with hardy plank and 40 percent with brick, Drakeford said.

A walkway would give residents access to a neighboring shopping center that includes a Food Lion grocery store.

Drakeford has developed a variety of housing in Charlotte. His communities include 24 single-family homes at Midwood Central in the Plaza Midwood area, the Plaza Vu condos off The Plaza in the Commonwealth neighborhood, and the 40-unit Walnut Hill condos near West Trade Street in Wesley Heights.

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