Charlotte City Council continues to increase density and traffic across Charlotte regardless of the continued infrastructure fails. This seems to be the never ending goal of Charlotte's elected zombies.
|Charlotte City Council Zombies and MLS Charlotte Reps doing their "happy dance"|
Pandering to developers money grab and "best use" anthem Charlotte City Council even approved Novant's plan to build a hospital on 521 Johnston Road and Marvin Road in Ballantyne. The 40 acre site will soon be home to a $154 million dollar project that will include a whopping 36 bed hospital. The hospital will transfer beds from their Elizabeth location.
(People on the inside know that Novant has struggled to keep beds full with entire floors empty at the Presbertian location. So lets fix that and build a micro-tel hospital. Brilliant!)
With the rezoning approval Novant will build the 163,000-square-foot hospital as well as a 60,000-square-foot medical office building with a helicopter pad on 521 Johnston Road, as if the area needed any more traffic.
This on top of re-zoning requests to build more office and residental space on what is currently the Ballantyne Resort Golf Course.
If you think Johnston Road is a bitch now just wait.
Less green space more traffic longer commuter times sounds good to lead South Charlotte potted plant Ed Driggs who never saw a re-zoing request he didn't like.
The Providence Road, Johnston Road and South Tryon Corridors are at gridlock. 485 spends most of the day at a crawl. But as with the never ending I-77 nightmare Charlotte City Council is totally impotent to fix the problems.
The South County Connector is a failure because someone didn't tell the developer of Lantower Waverly not to put an apartment tower in the middle of Ardrey Kell Road.
Right now you are asking what is the "South County Connector"? The once proposed road has gone by many names, SMCC, Southern Connector and so on. But at one time the
idea behind the limited access parkway style road was to allow traffic to flow along the southern end of Mecklenburg County unimpeded.
Studies had shown the 485 traffic would quickly become unmanageable as local residents known as "two mile users" or hop on hop off traffic, would use 485 to move from one main artery to another which would substantially add to the traffic volume and because of the short use increase the "merge dely" thereby hampering the flow of a normal interstate highway.
The section from Providence to Tom Short was required of developers of Providence Country Club prior to zoning approval in the early 90's.
The idea was to connect 521 to 74 via a low speed two lane parkway with limited neighborhood access and retail development. In the beginning it was a good idea.
Except the goal posts kept moving. Today Ardery Kell is a crazy mix of highway types curb and gutter styles and sight distances. It is void of city street lights and barely navigable at Marvin Road thanks to a retail development built on the sidewalk. The road is burdened by Ardery Kell High School where a school zone speed limit is in effect 6 hours each day.
Which translates in to AK having somewhat limited use compared to nearby Pineville - Matthews Road.
But the final "coup de gras" took place at Waverly where the developer Childress Klein apparently didn't get the memo.
|Ardrey Kell dead ends at a roundabout just after crossing Providence Road|
Childress Klein decided a "grand round-a-bout" would be the perfect landscape addition to their Lantower Project.
Meanwhile Plute built as directed their section of Ardery Kell and with the help of NCDOT adding another "grand round-a-bout" the only trouble is the two roads don't connect.
|Plute built Ardrey Kell Road to Tilly Morris. |
|The State of North Carolina completed this elaborate roundabout last year.|
But back in 2016 the project was the talk of Charlotte From The Charlotte Business Journal:
PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM) has closed on at least a part of its purchase to develop single-family homes on Tilley Morris Road.
The homebuilder recently acquired 38.5 acres from Marsh Realty Corp. for $4.3 million, according to the Mecklenburg County property deed. The transaction closed July 15. Documents — including a grading permit application and pre-construction materials — filed with the City of Charlotte indicate Pulte seeks to build up to 100 single-family homes in a development called Castleford, previously called Kellmoor, on the acquired site.
A Pulte spokeswoman confirmed its plans for the site on Friday. The project is one of several announced or underway along the Interstate 485 interchange near Providence Road.
Castleford is adjacent to Crescent Communities’ Providence Farm project, expected to break ground soon. That development will add 404 residential units, an 80-unit for-sale community with single-family homes and townhouses, up to 30,000 square feet of retail, and a 180-room hotel.
Pulte’s Castleford project is anticipated to help advance the extension of Ardrey Kell Road to Tilley Morris Road and add a roundabout, methods aimed to alleviate traffic volume as a result of the area’s growth. Ardrey Kell runs through Waverly, a 90-acre mixed-use development by Childress Klein Properties and Crosland Southeast under construction off Providence Road.
The problem is road construction contingent on development vs development contingent of road construction. Well managed cities have zoning that is permanent and they build roads to accommodate future development. See Dallas and Denver as examples.
Yes it costs money to build 4 lane limited access roads to no where and wait for developers to build projects to help recover the costs but the end result is worth the wait.
By using developers to complete highway and street infrastructure projects taxpayers are at the mercy of developers and the economic whims of the housing and retail markets. It also gives developers the upper hand in forcing re-zoning. Which is what killed East Charlotte.
In a worse case example you end up with Ardery Kell at Waverly and the nightmare that is Providence Road at 485.