CHARLOTTE – Charlotte City Council got its first look Feb. 18 at a police station proposed for Providence Road West and Johnston Road.
The undeveloped four acres is part of a larger seven-acre site owned by the city, according to Councilman Ed Driggs.
“It’s really exciting to see a new police station coming to south Charlotte, so that our officers can move out of the shack they’ve been in there,” said Driggs, who represents the Ballantyne area.
Driggs hasn’t heard any objections from the community about the project. No one spoke against the project during the Feb. 21 public hearing. The city has to rezone the property because it is located within a residential district.
Dave Pettine, a program manager with the planning department, acknowledged the project is inconsistent with the South District Plan, but said staff is recommending its approval, given the nature of its use and benefit to the community.
“Most land-use plans don’t envision where institutional uses of this type for community needs will go,” Pettine said. “Most institutional uses for these types of things will be generally inconsistent with your plans because they don’t envision where they are needed based on future growth.”
Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, told the Ballantyne Breakfast Club in December that having two South Division offices will help response times in an area with heavy traffic congestion.
Police expect the office to open after the Republican National Convention in 2020.
The rezoning request allows for a building up to 22,500 square feet. Plans call for a left turn lane into the site from Providence Road West, an eight foot tall fence around staff parking and a 56-wide strip reserved for a potential connection toward the southern portion of the property.