New council will have big development decisions to make

A number of big-name, and in some cases controversial, proposed developments in south Charlotte are waiting for the new Charlotte City Council to be seated next month before possibly moving forward, and each could have an impact on already overcrowded schools.

People living near the intersection of Providence Road and Interstate 485, as well as Ballantyne-area councilman-elect Ed Driggs, learned more about the proposed Waverly mixed-use development at a recent community forum, while the project’s brain trust has announced a new partnership for the single-family homes, townhomes and apartments that would be built at the 90-acre complex. The project is on the schedule to be discussed at the Dec. 16 city council meeting, at which area residents can give input to council members who ultimately will have to vote on the project. The vote won’t take place until early 2014.

David Weekley Homes has signed on to develop the proposed single-family and townhome neighborhood, which would be comprised of 150 homes in a variety of designs ranging from 2,000 to roughly 4,000 square feet over 18 acres of the mixed-use center. The single-family homes would be priced in the $400,000 to $600,000 range, while the townhomes would start in the high $300,000 range, according to a news release.

Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners would develop Solis Waverly, the luxury apartment complex that could reach 375 units, on 18 acres. The roughly $200 million project also would include two office buildings at five to six stories each, some 225,000 to 250,000 square feet of retail, an “upscale grocery store,” 90,000 square feet of space for restaurants and outdoor dining, two medical buildings totaling 60,000 square feet and two one-story parking decks.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials estimate the project will generate an additional 121 students to area schools, though the land, if developed as zoned, could generate 134 students. Of those 121 students, 101 would go to McKee Road Elementary School – which would put the campus at 100 percent capacity without mobile units – 12 would go to Jay M. Robinson Middle School – which would put the campus at 102 percent capacity without mobile units – and eight would go to Providence High School – putting the school at 109 percent capacity without mobile units, according to CMS.

Find more information on the proposed Waverly project at www.waverlyclt.com.

Also on Dec. 16, city council will hear from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and likely many residents from the Weddington Road area. Neighbors near a proposed low-income apartment complex project are up in arms about a project they say will further damage an already-crippled road network near their homes and overburden area schools. According to CMS, the project, at 70 units, would add 11 students at McKee Road Elementary, one at Jay M. Robinson Middle and one at Providence High – numbers neighbors dispute.

CDOT said the project would add 550 daily vehicle trips to area roads – which also is disputed by critics of the proposal.

The discussion on the proposed Trotter Builders apartment complex, which could eventually lead to 520 apartment units being built on Endhaven Lane near Endhaven Lane Elementary School, won’t be until Jan. 16. CMS said the Trotter project, at 220 units, would add 14 students to Endhaven Elementary and three to South Charlotte Middle – increasing both campuses to 114 percent capacity without mobile units. The project is not expected to add any students to South Mecklenburg High School, according to the CMS report. A planned 300-unit apartment complex on the other side of Endhaven Lane, approved in 2008, would add 32 students to Endhaven Elementary and 14 to South Mecklenburg High, according to 2008 estimates. The report also said 13 students would be added to Community House Middle School, but those students would now likely go to South Charlotte Middle.

Both apartment complex projects are awaiting the extension of North Community House Road, which eventually will cross I-485 and connect to Johnston Road.

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