Charlotte City Council Approves 20 Story High Rise In Midtown

CHARLOTTE, NC.– A 20 story high rise is coming to Midtown. Monday, Charlotte City Council approved the controversial development. The proposal getting an almost unanimous approval, with council members saying this development is consistent with the vision for the Queen City.  The big concern for residents around the area–traffic.

“Disappointment because I feel it’s bad for the neighborhoods and bad for Charlotte. We were vehemently opposed to this,” says President of Myers Park Homeowners Association Pamela May.

May doesn’t think a 20 story high rise belongs so close to her neighborhood.

“Our neighborhoods are green and vibrant. They’re where families live. We don’t want downtown to move into them.”

NAI Southern Real Estate now has approval to build a 530,000 -square-foot high rise on an almost three and a half acre lot along East Third, East Fourth and Baldwin Avenue. The plan also calls for a 240 room hotel.

“We came late to this. We were not aware, it caught us off guard,” says May. Pamela says she and other neighbors didn’t have enough time to fight the plan. City Council members think this sort of development is the future of the Queen City.

“We have to build up, we have to build more densely, we have to build around transit corridors,” says Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston.

Charlotte City Council member Larken Egleston represents this area. He says the development will increase connectivity.

“There’s a connection to the Goldline streetcar in this plan. It’s just something that we think what the future of Charlotte looks more like,” says Egleston.

As part of the approval process, the developer will make about  $2.5 million in traffic improvements around the site.