Cotswold Publix, Solis Ballantyne apartments approved

CHARLOTTE, NC (Ely Portillo/The Charlotte Observer) –

Cotswold should soon be getting a Publix Super Market and Ballantyne is in line for more high-end apartments, after Charlotte City Council approved two rezoning requests Tuesday night.

City Council previously held public hearings on both requests, so the public wasn’t invited to speak at Tuesday’s meeting. Both petitions were approved unanimously.

The council also heard neighbors’ concerns about a plan to redevelop part of the Vanlandingham Estate in historic Plaza Midwood, which would allow townhouses for sale to be built around the property’s perimeter.

• The Cotswold Publix petition was filed to allow the construction of a new grocery store on Randolph Road directly across from the existing Harris Teeter store. The developer will demolish the existing building near Randolph and Greenwich roads, and build a new store with parking below the supermarket.

Neighbors have raised traffic concerns, especially with nearby Cotswold Elementary School. City Council members said they were sympathetic to those concerns, but they were confident such problems could be addressed.

“This petition, I think, caused all of us to pause a bit,” said council member Vi Lyles. She acknowledged there were likely to be traffic issues, which she said have become endemic to the area. “We’re going to see it happen, and we’re going to work as hard as we can to mitigate that…We have congestion, and it’s going to be with us.”

• A petition by developer Terwilliger Pappas had been filed to allow a 194-unit upscale apartment building with 15,000 square feet of retail space on 10 acres of vacant land vacant land in Ballantyne at the corner of North Community House and Bryant Farms roads.

Nearby residents had filed a protest petition, but staff recommended approval with changes such as the addition of sidewalks and the prohibition of gas stations. This complex will be Terwilliger Pappas’ fourth Solis-branded apartment complex in Charlotte, following projects in SouthPark, south Charlotte and Dilworth.

The owners of the Vanlandingham Estate also filed a petition that would allow the construction of up to 19 single-family townhouses for sale around the perimeter of the historic Plaza Midwood property, along with a private pool and spa. The main estate would still be used as a hotel and small conference center.

City staff opposes the petition because it isn’t consistent with the neighborhood and may exceed available parking in the area. Neighbors echoed those concerns at a hearing Tuesday, saying the area would be congested and the proposal would clog the neighborhood with more cars.

But co-owner Billy Maddalon told council the property needs to be partially redeveloped because it isn’t viable in its present form.

“The Vanlandingham Estate is not an economic success. It does not make money,” he said. Maddalon’s attorney said they are working with city planning staff to address concerns.

City Council will vote on the Vanlandingham rezoning at a later date.

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