Local pressure is mounting and opposition groups have made some progress in an effort to block a low income housing project called Ballantyne Crossing, after the Charlotte Housing Authority reduced the project from 110 units, to 86.
Ballantyne Crossing is a low income section 8 housing and retail complex proposed by Texas Based Republic Development Corporation. Republic is seeking city approval to develop the multifamily residential units and 4,500 square feet of retail on 7 acres at the intersection of Providence Road West and 521.
Besides the low income apartments the project also includes a strip shopping center with amenities rumored to include a liquor store, Cash Advance America Bank and Circle K with video poker games.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the decision to shrink the number of homes came in part due to concerns from the community. Hundreds of residents gathered Monday night at a Ballantyne church to discuss the issue.
“During the rezoning process, we have listened to community feedback and stakeholder input, and have amended the petition accordingly,” said Stuart Proffitt with the Republic Development Group of Texas, which has led the rezoning effort for the housing authority.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Warren Cooksey, who represents the Ballantyne area on the council, would not return calls or respond to an e-mails seeking comment regarding the project.
Early this week Council member Cooksey reminded citizens that discrimination is an unlawful practice giving indication that he was besieged with some rather frank and nasty comments.
It is expected that Council and Cooksey will support the project. You can view the request here.
Cedar Post feels that the never ending zoning changes are burdensome on council, the taxpayers and local businesses who plan their investments based on established zoning requirements only to have them changed a few years later. Further the support of a Texas based development company by any member of city council is just all kinds of wrong.
Cedar Posts does not support the petition.
You can try to reach Cooksey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 704-347-0420, but Cedar Posts encourages citizens to contact all members of city council via the links on the right hand sidebar.