Plenty of new development, not without hurdles

Plenty of new developments are happening all over town and include new residences, eateries, lodging and more. Most of the development on the horizon has been welcomed with open arms. A few projects, however, have been a little more controversial.

A new townhouse development on Sharon Lane between Providence Road and Heathmoor Lane concerns residents that the new project will be too dense for the area and is also out of character with the surrounding neighborhood. There has also been opposition that adding these town homes will segue into even more development that would overtake the area. The developer has agreed to scale back the number of townhomes as part of a compromise, so the project will still move forward.

There are also plenty of projects planned for the neighborhoods of North End, but there is growing concern that too much development could lead to gentrification, which could ultimately price out and displace current residents. One of these projects is Heist Brewery’s plans to open a high-end butcher, bakery and brewing facility in an old industrial building.

In other development news, a new affordable apartment project is in the works at the intersection of Ashley Road and Joy Street. 60 apartments will be built for people ages 55 and up and another 72 apartments will be built for those who make 60% or less of the area’s median income.

Furthermore, there are plans for a big project at West Mallard Creek Church Road in University City for 300 new apartments, a 200-room hotel, and plenty of retail and restaurants.

For more details on development all over Charlotte, check out the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.

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