A California-based developer wants to build as many as 210 single-family homes on a portion of the former Erickson Retirement company site off McKee Road.
Standard Pacific Homes, which has an office in Charlotte, filed a rezoning application with the town late last month to develop 80.4 acres of the 106-acre site at 1900 McKee Road. About 2.5 houses would be built per acre, according to the application.
A public hearing has been set for June 10 and town commissioners could vote on the project as early as July 8.
PNC Bank bought the abandoned property for $3 million at foreclosure auction October 2010 after Erickson went bankrupt. According to
Mecklenburg County court records, Erickson borrowed $10 million from the Pittsburgh, Pa., bank on Aug. 27, 2008, using the 106 acres on McKee Road, near Pleasant Plains Road, as collateral. A little more than a year later, Erickson sought protection in federal bankruptcy court in Dallas, Texas.
The retirement company planned to build as many as 1,100 apartment-style homes in Matthews. The selling office of the planned Windsor Run retirement
community has been demolished, but the parking lot remains at the site.
Neighbors lobbied hard for Erickson to make road improvements and other concessions. In the end, Erickson agreed to pay $3 million for road improvements as well as donating 20 of the 106 acres for a town park. But with the foreclosure, neither the park nor the road improvements have materialized.
The park land donation and many other conditions only apply if another company built exactly what Erickson proposed. But Standard Pacific says its its willing to provide open space and suggests road improvements. The subdivision also would include a community clubhouse and swimming pool.
According to the application, Standard Pacific would dedicate 16.15 acres as open space and plans 19 acres, or about 36 percent of the site, to be used as a “tree save” area. About 1.4 acres of existing trees will be saved and the company proposes planting an additional 1.88 acres of trees as well as about 350 street trees, according to the application. The planted trees would have a minimum two-inch caliper and be at least six inches above ground
when plated, according to the plans.
The existing stream and pond would be featured as amenities, according to the application.
Draft plans show road connections to neighboring Hamlet Court and Clark’s Wynd and sidewalks connecting to a proposed sidewalk along McKee Road in front of the site. Standard Pacific also proposes adding turn lanes on Pleasant Plains and McKee roads into the site. The subdivision’s main entrance would be across from Carrington Forest Lane off McKee Road, according to the application.
Design work is being handled by Charlotte’s LandDesign.
Want to know more?
To view the rezoning application
containing details of the proposed development, visit http://matthewsnc.gov/Departments/Planningand
Actions.aspx and select Application number 2013-597.