CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More apartments could be coming to Charlotte and this month alone, hundreds are being considered by the City Council.
Two major projects met with significant pushback from the community.
As 40 to 60 people are moving to Charlotte every day, city leaders are juggling whether to approve new housing complexes after seeing opposition from neighbors.
“The people who are moving to Charlotte, they are going to have to move somewhere,” supporter James Lee said. “They can't all live downtown.”
Lee wants to see vacant land transformed near a shopping center on Sam Dee Road near Harrisburg Road and Interstate 485 in northeast Charlotte.
A developer is proposing 308 apartments with 5 percent of them allotted for affordable housing.
Many neighbors are strongly opposed, citing increased traffic and a lack of infrastructure to handle the development.
“I love the trees,” said AnnMarie Holden, who opposes the development. “I love the privacy. I feel comfortable and safe, but if I knew this was coming, I never would have moved here.”
Residents are opposed to adding more apartments to Steele Creek, as well, because of infrastructure concerns.
A developer wants to build 312 units on South Tryon Street near the Rivergate shopping center.
“This is not out in the hinterlands,” supporter Collin Brown said. “This is South Tryon Street.”
Some neighbors who oppose the project said the area has enough traffic problems.
“The roadways in Steele Creek are horrendous,” resident Dave Willard said. “What was once a 20-minute trip is now an hour.”
City Council did not vote on the proposals Monday night. It will make the decisions in the coming months.
Many people who live in the Dilworth neighborhood will have their eye on a vote to bring more apartments and townhomes to the area.
A developer wants to add 50 apartments and six townhomes off of Kenilworth Avenue near Waverly Avenue, which is across from Atrium Health.
City council deferred the vote on the Dilworth project to Sept. 16 after the primary election.
Many residents oppose the plan, saying the buildings will be twice as tall as their single-family homes.
They also worry that it will lead to more traffic in the area. The Zoning Committee narrowly approved the re-zoning request.
A developer presented plans Monday to transform the old Jackalope Jacks site at Seventh and Caldwell streets.
The final vote, which was unanimously approved, on the Carolina Panthers' practice bubble was held Monday night as well.
The team has already built the bubble. The council approved Monday night to put certain signs up.
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