City delays vote on Kuykendall retirement home

Charlotte City Council opted this week to delay voting on a three-story, 134-suite retirement facility proposed for the corner of Kuykendall and Providence roads to give the developer more time to work through a few remaining issues.

The project, at 120,000 square feet, would join a number of other large retirement communities to be built or be under construction in south Charlotte in the past few years. Brightmore of South Charlotte is under way on Providence Road West, while Singh
Development recently added Waltonwood Cotswold and Waltonwood Providence to the area’s retirement offerings.

The push to develop more senior-friendly facilities comes at a time when many groups in Charlotte are discussing the city’s ability to handle its aging baby boomer population. The Kuykendall project would be a dependent living facility, meaning residents would receive some form of care from staff on hand.

More than 150 area residents attended community forums about the proposed Charlotte Retirement Residence earlier this year to voice their concerns, though the project has received a positive recommendation from city staff and the zoning committee.

The project, proposed by Hawthorne Retirement LLC, has some area residents worried about the traffic impact on the already burdened Kuykendall and Providence roads, though the retirement home is expected to generate fewer vehicle trips than the single-family residential the 10 acres are currently zoned for, according to a Charlotte Department of Transportation memo. CDOT will require the developer to add a left-turn lane into the development on Kuykendall Road. The developers also have said the Kuykendall Road entrance will be limited to resident and visitor access, and all deliveries will be made through the property entrance on Providence Road.

Others have suggested the site will be an eyesore for nearby homes since it will be three-stories tall at its highest point and sit atop a hill. Though a handful of zoning committee members discussed their concerns with the height and if the building matches the look of the area, according to a memo from their meeting, the committee voted 6-1 in favor of the project.

The developer has pledged to keep a large tree save area of nearly three acres and add additional trees in areas, which is one of the final changes being made to the plan before city council can vote, possibly at the June 9 meeting. The vote could be delayed further if there are not enough council members at the June 9 meeting, which appears will be the

City council also recently held a public forum on adding a parking deck and additional retail at Colony at Piper Glen, along Rea Road and Piper Station Drive. No one signed up to speak in opposition of the plan, which would add an additional 1,000 square feet of retail and office space and a two-story parking deck that would have one level underground and the other at ground level. Council previously voted to zone the surrounding area for commercial in 2012.


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