SouthPark neighbors fight for changes to new apartment complex

SouthPark neighbors fight for changes to new apartment complex

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on July 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 5:12 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Neighbors in South Park are frustrated and taking their fight to City Council after developers began moving forward with plans for a nearly ten-story high apartment complex.

It's planned for the vacant lot at Morrison and Barclay Downs Road, which backs up to the Barclay Downs Swim and Racquet Club.

"It is a quality of life issue. It's a traffic issue. It's also just a fairness issue," said Barclay Downs Homeowners Association President, Hilary Larsen.

It's summertime at the Barclay Downs Swim and Racquet Club and neighbors who live there said it's a huge part of their life and they don't want it ruined.

"It's like our backyard in the summer time. It's our community where we come together," said Club Treasurer, Robin Perkins.
 
So they're speaking out after Woodfield Partners is planning to develop an eight story, 300-unit residential building on top of a parking deck at the corner of Morrison and Barclay Downs, which is a stone’s throw from the club's private setting.
 
"It allows for 94 units per acre. Our neighborhood is three units per acre. It allows for ten stories, about 100 feet. Most our buildings are 20-30 feet," said Larsen.

"It's possible to make some changes. To give us a little more privacy a little more of feeling that it's not just sitting right on top of us," said Perkins.

Neighbors are also concerned about the influx of traffic it will bring.

"We have asked the developer to make several traffic related improvements. Either speed bumps or painting cross walks because we have a lot of kids who cross at this particular intersection," said Larsen.

Neighbors said it's the mixed used development zoning the company is seeking that gives them free reign to build how high and big they want. So they plan to take their fight to city leaders to tighten the zoning guidelines.

"I feel it's the city's responsibility actually to put pressure on the developer to come back with something more reasonable," said Perkins.

"We felt at this point the developer has not made those concessions so we really have no choice but to go before city council,” said Larsen.
 
NewsChannel 36 spoke with someone from Woodfield Partners who said their plans fit the original zoning for that lot. They also said they've met with the Barclay Downs Neighborhood Association and Racquet Club representatives and made a few minor changes to the side of the building adjacent to the club, including extra landscaping as a barrier.

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