Why some neighbors are pushing back on proposed senior-living project

Why some neighbors are pushing back on proposed senior-living project

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A proposed satellite campus for a Charlotte retirement community has some concerned about local neighborhood impact.

Aldersgate earlier this year filed a rezoning petition to allow continued-care retirement housing and services on a 17.2-acre site, part of the Shalom Park and Jewish Community Center campus on Providence Road in south Charlotte. The petition called for a mix of independent-living, assisted-living and memory-care-assisted residences for seniors.

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But at Monday night’s Charlotte City Council zoning meeting, several area residents suggested that already inadequate infrastructure on roads around the proposed project would be overwhelmed by new development.

“We have no curbs, gutters, sidewalks — the street in front of my house is just barely 20 feet wide,” said Fred Rice, a resident of nearby Jefferson Street. “I’ve asked (the petitioner) several times: Please give us some more time.”

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