South Charlotte could see 1,500 residential units, big grocery store in new rezoning plan
A trio of Charlotte developers is seeking to redevelop 115 acres along a busy south Charlotte corridor, proposing 1,500 new residential units, a 100,000-square-foot space for a grocery store plus retail and office.
Levine Properties, Northwood Ravin and Horizon Development Properties filed three separate rezoning petitions on Tuesday to revitalize the large swath of land, the developers wrote in city documents. Horizon is the nonprofit development subsidiary of Inlivian, formerly the Charlotte Housing Authority.
The sites are on the east and west sides of Providence Road, between Sardis Lane and Old Providence Road.
Plans call for replacing a portion of what Levine Properties called obsolete and dated Crest on Providence apartments with new housing. More than 100 apartments will be renovated there as well.
Developers also are seeking to bring affordable housing and retail to help create a mixed-use neighborhood.
Providence Road has seen a number of new developments and some residents say congestion is already an issue.
“The developers recognize traffic on Providence Road as a community concern and will work with CDOT and NCDOT to analyze and mitigate these challenges during the rezoning process,” the developers wrote in a joint news release. They plan to create two new four-way intersections.
Here’s a look at what else the developers are proposing. The plans still need to go before the City Council for a public hearing before a vote occur.
Breathing life into Charlotte shopping center
The largest rezoning petition was filed by Levine Properties, led by Charlotte developer Daniel Levine. The 84-acre site is broken up into seven development areas.
One of the areas includes the Providence Square Shopping Center. Just off Providence Road by International Drive, the center dates back to the late 1960s.
When it opened, Providence Square was a mid-century modern retail center with newly built apartments around it, Levine previously told The Charlotte Observer. Levine and some business partners bought the center in 2013.
It used to be home to a Harris Teeter and Eckerd drug store but both closed around 2000. The center began to slip into disrepair.
Levine has been slowly renovating Providence Square. David Chadwick’s Moments of Hope church recently moved into the building previously occupied by Harris Teeter.
Other small businesses are back there, as well. Moments of Hope will remain part of the site.
Plans filed by Levine Properties call for several thousand square feet of both office and retail space near the shopping center. It will be anchored by the grocery store and smaller-sized retail, according to the developers.
A portion of the 84 acres will include up to 263 residential units, according to city zoning documents.
Of those, 108 will be priced for residents earning 80% of the area median income, or $75,350 for a family of four or $52,750 for a single person.
Project has affordable housing component
Across Providence Road, developer Northwood Ravin is planning on building more residential units. Site plans call for 15 single-family homes, 80 town homes and 650 apartments.
Horizon Development Properties’ 8-acre site is just north of that property.
The site includes the redevelopment of Gladedale Homes, which is between Providence and Old Providence roads. The plans call for affordable and workforce housing, the developer said in a news release.
Built in 1983, Gladedale is run by Inlivian. It includes 49 units with a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedrooms.
“Our vision is to create a mix of new affordable/workforce housing units to help residents live near job opportunities throughout our community,” Kevin Boyett, Horizon’s senior vice president of real estate development, said in a news release.