by: Eric Philips Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Residents in a north Charlotte subdivision are concerned about development that's coming to their community.
They thought developers were bringing in upscale condominiums, restaurants and entertainment but now they fear it will be packed with apartments.
Eyewitness News anchor Eric Philips spoke with people in the Highland Creek neighborhood and learned why their concerns might be a little premature.
Interstate 485 will soon extend through that corridor and there is a development plan called Prosperity Hucks in the works designed to capitalize on that.
“We were told that it was going to be a Birkdale environment, which we would be fine with, but not apartments,” Robert Valencia said.
“We don't want 4,200 families moving into an area that quite frankly cannot accommodate it,” Theresa Rosa Corey said.
They worry about school overcrowding, more traffic and crime.
“It's not like it's something that's being rammed down anybody's throat,” said Charlotte City Councilman Greg Phipps.
Phipps represents the area and said he's surprised by the sudden uproar because he's tried to keep residents informed.
He said because the land is zoned multidwelling, it doesn't mean apartments are moving in nor does it mean more students.
“It's been my experience that multifamily dwellings… don't create as much population growth in the schools as do single-family developments,” Phipps said.
He said community input will be taken into account before any building is done.
There will be community meetings next week and a public hearing on the plan will likely happen in April.
A final vote is expected in May.
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