Neighbors Concerned About Proposed Townhome Development Along Providence Road

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Some neighbors in South Charlotte are coming together to fight a proposed rezoning.

A developer wants to build up to 87 townhomes along a busy stretch of Providence Road.

“We’re concerned about all of these homes and all of the cars that will be on the road,” says neighbor Gwen Marseille.

Marseille has watched traffic increase in the area over the years and now worries the development could only make things worse.

“At this point, there are only two lanes on Providence Road, and you can only get so many cars at any given time,” she says.

Lat Purser & Associates wants to develop the nearly six-acre property at Providence and Alexander Roads.

That’s about a mile and a half north of the Arboretum.

Neighbors have put up signs and started an online petition against the project.

“We keep hearing City Council talk about mitigating the congestion, but we don’t see any action,” says neighbor Dennis Grills.

“If they want to go any direction other than north, they’re gonna have to make a U-turn, the first place they can make a U-turn is my street,” Grills says.

But the development company argues the attached housing units will create a different option that’s missing in the area.

It also argues traffic on Providence Road will increase by less than one percent.

Neighbors say council should consider all other growth in the area before making a decision.

“I don’t want them to just look at this one development, let’s look at how this development is impacting all of us,” Marseille says.