SouthPark neighbors concerned over proposed hotel

SouthPark neighbors concerned over proposed hotel

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 1:55 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SouthPark residents got a look Monday night at the plans for a five-story hotel with two additional levels of parking underground.

The developers, CN Hotels, want to put the hotel along Park South Drive where it would be shoe-horned into a plot of land that is less than an acre in size.

The developers met with area residents Monday night and answered questions about the project for more than an hour.

Lynn Ivey is the CEO of The Ivey, a non-profit adult day care center that would be on one side of the hotel, and she worries about her patients.

"They walk around The Ivey. They like to be outside," she said.

On the other side of the proposed hotel is Brighten Gardens--another assisted living facility.

And just behind where the hotel would go is a cul-de-sac with eight homes.

Families there are concerned because they said there are 18 children under the age of 10 and they worry about what will separate their homes and their kids from the back of the proposed hotel.

"They just recently put in the proposal for a fence, but it is only four feet high and when you are talking about backing up to a residential area that size and with that number of children, I think it is a lawsuit waiting to happen," said Colleen Blanchard, who lives in that cul-de-sac.

The development company has not said what hotel chain would be going in but has indicated it could be a Hilton, a Marriott or something similar.

Chris Adams, who is with CN Hotels, said after the meeting, "You know we are going to make sure that we handle ourselves in a way that is going to be safe for everyone."

The proposed hotel still must be approved by the Zoning Board and the Charlotte City Council.

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