CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nearly 100 Dilworth residents attended a community meeting Tuesday night to oppose a proposed Walgreens store with a drive-thru and two-story office building at the corner of Morehead Street and Kenilworth Avenue.
“We tried our best to make it somewhat responsive to all the things we’re hearing,” Johnny Harris said in an interview earlier Tuesday with the Observer.
“But it’s still a drugstore, and a lot of people don’t like drugstores.”
The buildings that would be torn down include a Tudor-style apartment building on the corner, an adjacent white house and three houses on Kenilworth. Those properties are all owned by Edward Springs and his company, Edward H. Springs Interiors. The land is currently zoned for office use.
It was standing room only Tuesday night in the fellowship hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Residents argued that the proposed office building and Walgreens wouldn’t mesh with the historic nature of the neighborhood and would further clog the traffic-heavy corridor.
Residents were also concerned about a rendering that showed a mostly brick exterior, claiming it looked like a building in Ballantyne or SouthPark, but not in Dilworth.
“This is a ... little piece of the suburbs being pushed, force-fed into an urban neighborhood,” said resident David Walters, who is an architect and the head of the urban design program at UNC Charlotte.
A city Department of Transportation memo on the proposed rezoning estimates that the plan could generate about 1,540 trips per day – a minimal effect on the surrounding roads, according to CDOT.
Charlotte City Council members will hear the proposal and opposition at a meeting scheduled for Sept. 24.