Developers of a 200-unit apartment complex proposed for Endhaven Lane could find out next week if the project will come to fruition after numerous additions to the proposal to make it more friendly for nearby residents and schools.
Trotter Builders has asked Charlotte City Council for approval to construct the complex on Endhaven Lane where the extension of North Community House Road is underway. The complex would sit on 10 acres near Endhaven Elementary School and the British American School of Charlotte, and parents and administrators from the campuses have joined others in complaining to city leaders over the past few months that the project will increase traffic near the two schools, endanger students walking to and from class and bring undesirable residents close to the two campuses.
Representatives from the British American School of Charlotte said it was not their place to comment on the project, and officials with Endhaven Elementary did not return calls for comment by press deadline Thursday, March 13, though a memo from a community forum on the issue showed many parents were concerned the tall apartment buildings – originally proposed for five stories each – would allow people living in the apartments to look down into the schoolyards. The developer agreed to lower the height of one of the apartment buildings, to four stories, and moved how the buildings will be arranged on the site to avoid having one towering over the nearby schools.
That’s just part of a number of improvements Paul Trotter, president of Trotter Builders, said his group has made to the project “based on the input of our neighbors. (We) feel that has improved the plan and we’re glad we were able to get that input and make changes,” Trotter said.
The original proposal called for 220 units, which Trotter took down to 200. The developer also will keep a minimum 25-foot tree buffer between the project and Endhaven Elementary, as well as pay for 220 feet of fence near the school’s playground and an additional 800 feet of fence between the complex parking lot and school.
The developer also will pay for a brick column marking the Endhaven Community for residents who have said the area needs some type of symbol for drivers entering the community.
Trotter has argued the complex is needed, as more businesses like MetLife move to Ballantyne and employees need housing options near work. The apartments would rent for between $900 to $1,400 a month and be targeted at professional-level-type residents.
And traffic at the complex would be better than if the site was built with offices or retail, developers argue – the complex is expected to add 1,340 vehicle trips per day, which officials believe will be alleviated by the extension of North Community House Road. The developer gave 2 acres of land for the bridge project, Trotter said.
Charlotte’s zoning committee recommended the project for approval, and city council is expected to vote on the project at its meeting Monday, March 17. If the project is approved, Trotter said construction could start around the time the road opens, in November or December, and will take roughly a year to complete.