Charlotte City Council reviews several major development projects

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Selwyn Property Group would like to redevelop a 13.2-acre site generally bounded by Monroe Rd., Idlewild Rd., Independence Blvd. and Long Ave. to accommodate 80,000 sq. ft. of commercial development.

Several major development projects have been submitted to Charlotte City Council for review at its monthly zoning meeting in April.

There was a mix of infill townhouse projects, affordable-housing developments, and mixed-use projects on Independence Blvd. and in Steele Creek, Charlotte Business Journal reported.

Selwyn Property Group would like to redevelop a 13.2-acre site generally bounded by Monroe Rd., Idlewild Rd., Independence Blvd. and Long Ave. to accommodate 80,000 sq. ft. of commercial development. City staff and the Zoning Committee both recommend approval of the petition.

Steele-Trojan Properties LLC has a petition out to rezone a 15.5-acre site on Trojan Dr. in Steele Creek to develop retail and a 180-room hotel near the Charlotte Premium Outlets. City staff and the Zoning Committee have recommend approval of the petition.

Alliance Residential Co. is seeking to develop a 354-unit apartment project at Wilkinson Blvd. and Suttle Ave. The project, near Bryant Park, is planned for a 10-acre site once slated to be a dense, mixed-use development. In a separate petition nearby, homebuilder Saussy Burbank is proposing a 26-unit townhouse project on Suttle Ave., between Wilkinson Blvd. and Isom St.. City staff and the Zoning Committee recommend approval of both petitions.

A significantly scaled-back project has been proposed for SouthPark by petitioner American Asset Corp. About a year ago, the real estate firm submitted a petition for a site on Park South Dr. to develop a dense mixed-use project with up to 125,000 sq. ft. of office space, 75,000 sq. ft. of retail, a 300-room hotel and 400 apartments. That petition, which was first filed in 2014, has since been reduced to a 180-room hotel and 7,500 sq. ft. of non-hotel uses on a 1.6-acre site between Fairview and Pine Valley roads.

Pulte is seeking to develop up to 95 two-story townhouses on Starmount Cove Lane. The national homebuilder has a number of townhouse projects in Charlotte, including in South End, Plaza Midwood and south Charlotte.

An affordable-housing development proposed by CapRock for Westerly Hills has city planning staff and the Zoning Committee in disagreement. The project, pegged for a 5.8-acre site on Joy St., calls for 132 apartments, with 60 age-restricted units and at least half of all apartments to be restricted to those making 60 percent Area Median Income or below. The Zoning Committee recommends approval of the petition, citing the city’s stated goal of adding or preserving 5,000 affordable-housing units in three years, but city staff says the project is too dense and not keeping in character with the surrounding neighborhood, which is primarily single-family residential development.

A public hearing on this rezoning petition was held on February 20, 2017, Charlotte Council agenda documents say.

City Council deferred the decision on this petition to April 24, as requested by the petitioner on April 17, 2017, to work on the remaining outstanding issues and to submit a revised site plan, which it approved in a 6-0 decision.

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