Charlotte City Council is set to hear rezoning petitions Tuesday night. If rezoning were a chore, it would probably be something like brushing your teeth - vital to do, but not exactly the most exciting thing in the world. Still, rezoning can arouse some strong passions (Anybody remember the Dilworth Walgreens Battle of 2012?).
- New Publix in Cotswold: This is probably the most interesting petition up for a vote Tuesday. Cotswold Partners LLC is hoping to rezone a 2.2-acre site near Randolph and Greenwich roads from neighborhood business to mixed-use development. The developer would demolish the existing office building and construct a new Publix grocery store (see part of the rendering below). This would be an aggressive move - the site is directly across from a large Harris Teeter - but Publix has been upfront about challenging Harris Teeter. Neighbors have expressed concerns about increased traffic, but staff recommend the petition for approval.
- A Terwilliger Pappas apartment complex, Solis Ballantyne, has garnered a protest petition, but staff recommends approval. The complex, on 10 acres of vacant land at the corner of North Community House and Bryant Farms roads, would have 194 units and up to 15,000 square feet of retail space. Terwilliger Pappas is building other Solis-brand upscale apartments in Charlotte, such as the Solis Dilworth complex under construction at Kenilworth and Morehead streets.
- A developer is trying to rezone 1.2 acres at Woodlawn Road and Montford Drive to allow an 8-unit apartment building on the site. With one bedroom units estimated to rent at $1,050 a month, the units are targeted at young professionals. The plan has picked up a protest petition from the neighborhood. It's up for a hearing, not a vote, on Tuesday.
Proposed apartment building
- There's a proposal in Plaza Midwood to rezone the land of the historic Vanlandingham Estate on The Plaza. The rezoning petition would allow the construction of up to 19 single-family attached houses for sale around the perimeter of the historic property, along with a private pool and spa. The main estate would still be used as a hotel and small conference center. The townhouses would be $340,000 to $420,000. The rezoning is being sought because the Vanlandingham Estate isn't sustainable in its current form, one of the developers said at a community meeting. Staff is not recommending approval of the plan as is, because the increased density, parking issues and inward-facing orientation of the townhouses are inconsistent with the neighborhood. This is also up for a hearing, not a vote.
Rendering of the proposed townhouses