Developer looking at space for new Toringdon hotel, retail spots

Hotel likely couldn’t top five stories, 120 rooms

by Mike Parks

These schematics of the proposed development at the Streets of Toringdon show where the hotel and two new retail locations would go. The hotel is already approved, though the developer would like to get approval to make it one story higher. All the additions will go at the northern end of the center, which is on the west side of Johnston Road in Ballantyne. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Planning Department

The northern end of the Streets of Toringdon shopping center may be changing soon, as a development company has plans to construct a hotel on the spot and add more space for retail.

Petitioner NRI Communities recently submitted a proposal to the Charlotte planning department seeking to build on a little more than 7.5 vacant acres in the shopping center, located on the western side of Johnston Road roughly between North Community House Road and Porterfield Road. The land was last rezoned in 2007, when NRI Communities proposed building a hotel and some retail buildings on the Ballantyne land.

According to documents on the city’s rezoning website, the current plan for the northern end of the shopping center includes the hotel, which the developer would like to get up to five stories instead of the originally approved four stories, and would max out at 120 rooms. The plan also includes two additional buildings: a 14,000-square-foot spot for retail and office, and a 8,000-square-foot building near Johnston Road.

The developer’s agent says there may be a couple potential companies interested in filling the hotel once it is built.

The petitioner must hold a community forum with area residents prior to the topic coming up for discussion before Charlotte City Council on Sept. 24. The developer’s agent was in the process of scheduling that meeting this week, and is shooting for early August. Information will be sent out to area property owners prior to the meeting.

Council could then vote on the issue the following month.

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