City approves project that could straighten Sharon Road

Charlotte City Council voted earlier this month to allow the expansion of a closed day care that sits vacant in a bend on Sharon Road in exchange for the city receiving right of way rights to straighten the road in the future.

The day care is located at 5301 Sharon Road, near the road’s intersection with Eastburn Road. Sharon has a large curve around the property that area drivers and city council members have said they’d like to see corrected regardless if the day care were reopened.

At a public hearing on the issue in July, city council members expressed their concerns about the bend and an interest in seeing city transportation officials make changes to the road sooner rather than later. John Carmichael, a representative for the developer, Brian Crutchfield, said in July there had been 15 wrecks in the area in five years – 11 of which involved cars running off the road.

“Traveling that road for decades… it is dangerous, it’s very dangerous,” said Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon at the July meeting. “… we ought to seek any calming devices that we can … that road really, really needs to be reconfigured. It’s really bad, and anybody who travels it will tell you that.”

The developer can expand the 5,100-square-foot building an additional 1,900 square feet to make way for 125 children. The new day care could see an additional 160 vehicle trips per day over what would be seen under the prior zoning with the shuttered day care, according to Charlotte Department of Transportation estimates.

• The city also voted on another south Charlotte zoning petition and heard discussion on two other proposed projects.
Council voted to approve rezoning nearly two acres of land at 3051 Providence Road to make way for the expansion of Providence Preparatory School. The preschool/child development center will house 178 children, ages infant through prekindergarten, as well as an after-school program for elementary school children. The building will not be more than 13,500 square feet or higher than 40 feet, and the developer will install a sidewalk along Westbury Road from the property to the intersection of Westbury and Crosby roads.

The site could generate 1,070 vehicle trips per day, according to the CDOT.

• Council heard discussion on two other proposals – one to build a community of 36 single-family home units on the east side of Sharon View Road near Mountainbrook Road and the other to add additional independent living units to an already-under-construction senior living facility on Providence Road West between Old Ardrey Kell Road and Community House Road.

The Sharon View Road project, near the Phillips Place shopping center, would be built on “the last piece of farm property at SouthPark,” according the Councilman Andy Dulin, the area’s representative. “It cannot stay farm any longer,” Dulin said at the zoning meeting. “If it were going to be developed … I think this is a good project.”

The Providence Road West proposal seeks to add 10 additional independent living units to the Liberty HealthCare project currently in development. It also would add some covered parking.
Cannon, who lives in Ballantyne near the site, expressed some concern with a request to allow construction vehicles to use Old Ardrey Kell Road, but CDOT officials say they have no safety concerns.

• Two other discussions were postponed to a later meeting: a proposal to rework zoning on five acres at 10532 Providence Road West for single-family homes; and a proposal to add five villa-style apartment buildings at the Sharon Towers campus for 90 independent living units and two additional detached single-family homes at 5100 Sharon Road.

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