Apartments proposed near Endhaven Elementary

A local developer has proposed a 220-unit apartment complex for Endhaven Lane near the extension of North Community House Road, and is working to provide the land for the long-awaited transportation project to move forward in the near future.

Trotter Builders has petitioned the city to rezone 11 acres of vacant land in Ballantyne to make way for the apartment complex. The land, beside Endhaven Elementary School and the British American School of Charlotte on the south side of Endhaven Lane, is currently zoned for single-family homes.

The North Community House Road extension will pass right by the apartment complex, connecting the two portions of the road that currently are separated by Interstate 485. The city has planned to build the North Community House Road bridge and extension in the future, but the project was moved up to the next few years due to a public-private partnership between Bissell Companies, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Bissell Companies originally planned to pay $8.5 million for the bridge to be constructed as the North Carolina Department of Transportation widened the highway, and the state currently is waiting for final go-ahead to move forward on the bridge project, according to an NCDOT engineer.

The road extension will make the apartment complex a possibility for Trotter Builders, which soon will start meeting with area residents and stakeholders – like parents at the nearby schools – to educate them on the project and obtain their feedback. A community meeting hasn’t been scheduled yet, but the public forum in front of Charlotte City Council will take place Dec. 16, according to the current rezoning calendar. A city vote could then take place in January if there are no delays.

“North Community House has been on the books for many, many years,” Paul Trotter said, talking about his company’s proposed project this week. “The key part of that is we are providing the land for the road,” Trotter added, saying the extension is “moving to the front burner, so it now appears to be happening very shortly (and) it’s been our intent to do something with this property at the time that the road went in.”

The apartments will have “very high-quality construction and (will be) finished … with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops,” Trotter said. “I expect the apartments to be some of the nicest in the Ballantyne area.”

The complex will be made up of one- and two-bedroom units, Trotter said, but the breakdown of how many of each will be offered is still unclear. The price range will be around $900 to $1,400, he said. Trotter Builders could break ground in the second half of 2014 if approved, Trotter said, and be finished in 2015.

Solomon Fortune, with Charlotte’s planning department, said the city hasn’t started conversations about the project but will meet next week with department heads of groups such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the Charlotte Department of Transportation to discuss the proposal so the departments can give feedback.

CMS students living at the apartment complex would attend Endhaven Elementary, South Charlotte Middle and South Mecklenburg High schools, and CMS officials will submit a report to the city showing how many students the project could add to each school and how that would impact school overcrowding issues.

Endhaven, for example, has approximately 730 students. Most CMS elementary schools have a capacity of 800 students. Though Endhaven has three mobile units, the school is not over capacity, according to CMS.

South Charlotte has a number of projects currently seeking rezoning, a number of which are scheduled to be discussed at the Monday, Oct. 21, city council meeting. That includes: Weekley Homes has proposed constructing 36 single-family homes on Sharon View Road near Sharon Road; Celadon Development wants to rezone five acres at 10532 Providence Road West to make way for a small number of homes; Liberty Healthcare wants to increase the number of independent living units allowed at their ongoing project at Providence Road West and Old Ardrey Kell Road; LightWay Properties wants to build 53 residential townhomes for sale on Ballantyne Commons Parkway near Annalexa Lane; and Morrison Place wants to increase the number of units at the Park South Apartments on Sharon Road near Morrocroft Lane.

The city will hear public hearings on other proposed south Charlotte projects in December, including: the 89 acre mixed-used residential and commercial center on Providence Road near I-485; and the already much-maligned Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership low-income apartment complex on Weddington Road near Providence Plantation.

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