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Posted: 2:51 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
One Charlotte realtor believes new rules on restaurants could destroy the housing market in neighborhoods around the city.
Charlotte planning officials want to define restaurants and bars and what type of entertainment they can offer.
In neighborhoods like NoDa, residents don't have to walk far to find food, a drink or a show.
“We don't have any lines between the bar and music scene. Everything kind of flows together," said resident Adam Schaeffer. "That's the magic. That's what works here. That's what people like."
Schaeffer told Eyewitness News that's why he bought a house in November.
Schaeffer's realtor, Cassee Cunningham with Savvy and Company, is worried NoDa and other neighborhoods may take a hit if new rules limit the entertainment restaurants can offer.
There are no rules on how far restaurants must be from homes, but bars and nightclubs must be at least 400 feet away.
Business owners worry they could be forced to stop entertainment or close early.
“It's a parallel trajectory," Cunningham said. "With the success of these businesses, home values rise. There is no separating them."
Cunningham said the majority of homebuyers she helps want to be walking distance from fun.
A couple in their 20s from Huntersville is buying a home in NoDa because the neighborhood's walkability.
Charlotte's zoning administrator, Katrina Young, said it is too soon to tell what the new rules will be or the future impact on neighborhoods.
Cunningham is certain if the city makes restaurants change, the neighborhood will be harmed.
"It could kill it. It could kill NoDa as we know it today," she said.
The next public meeting to discuss restaurants, bars and nightclubs is scheduled for March 5.
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