One local development company hopes to add more than 200 high-end apartment homes to the Matthews community.
Proffitt Dixon Partners, a Charlotte-based multifamily investment and development firm, filed a rezoning petition with Matthews seeking to rezone 15 acres at the southeast intersection of Matthews Township and Northeast parkways near the Bella Sera Villas community. The vacant land is currently zoned for a suburban-style shopping center, but Profitt Dixon hopes to purchase and develop the land into a multi-family community with some shop space.
“We are early in the process,” developer Wyatt Dixon said. “We do not have comments back from (town planning) staff yet. We are very interested in being inclusive with our plans and making sure we are doing something inclusive with the town of Matthews.”
Jay Camp, the town planner on the project who could comment on its current status, did not respond to phone calls from Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly by press deadline. See more from the town in a future issue.
The project, currently labeled Fountains Matthews, could bring a maximum of 250 one-, two- and possibly three-bedroom apartment homes to the town, as well as up to 8,000 square feet of shop space, Dixon said. The complex would not exceed three floors, and, according to Dixon, would include elevators and other high-end design features, as well as a 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot clubhouse and weightlifting facility. Because of their functionality, Dixon said the homes are very attractive for retirees or seniors, but have a broad appeal across all age demographics.
Entrance into the site will be on both Matthews Township and Northeast parkways. Developers proposed some improvements to both Matthews Township and Northeast parkways to accommodate the added traffic that would come to what is now just vacant land. On Matthews Township, the project would require an eastbound right-turn lane with 100 feet of storage and construction of a northbound approach for one way in and out of the property. On Northeast Parkway, the project would require a southbound left-turn lane with 100 feet of storage, extension of the current northbound left-turn lane onto Matthews Township from 155 feet of storage to 255 feet to allow more cars to wait to turn and the construction of a westbound approach for the property, including a left-turn lane with 100 feet of storage and a lane that terminates as a right-turn lane.
Transportation officials and town leaders must approve traffic improvements and could require additional roadwork to be paid for by the developer before approving the rezoning.
The proposed plans also call for an eight-foot planting strip and six-foot sidewalk along the front of the site facing Northeast Parkway. The existing sidewalk and planting strip along Matthews Township would stay as is. A 100-foot project edge also will be installed to existing homes in the Bella Sera Villas neighborhood, with a 50-foot undisturbed buffer. A six-foot fence also will be installed along the common property boundary with Bella Sera Villas
Dixon recently completed a similar 207-unit project in Mooresville, he said, known as Fountains in Town Square, and the company is currently building The Fountains at South End, a 208-unit luxury apartment complex in Charlotte’s historic South End community.
For the Matthews project, Dixon said he’s hoping to offer a new product to the community since the facility will include both apartments and some small retail or restaurant space.
“Right now, the current plan is to have two areas of shop space” both about 4,000 square feet each, Dixon said. “The concept of that is for it to be an amenity.”
Dixon said the company isn’t looking to bring any drive-thru restaurant chains to the space, but hopes to attract businesses that will benefit the Fountains neighborhood.
“Right now, the concept would be that it is shop space that would serve those residents.”
So far, Dixon said the company has submitted its petition with basic concept plans, but the project is still in the early stages. Dixon said the company has started working with neighbors affected by the project for insight and feedback. He expects to schedule a public community meeting within the next 30 days, though nothing has been nailed down yet.
“We have got some concept stuff that we have submitted in terms of design, but it’s just really loose at this point. We really just want to design something that is right for the neighborhood,” Dixon said, adding community feedback will be essential throughout the process.
For more information on the Fountains Matthews and other pending projects, visit the Matthews website, http://matthewsnc.gov/Departments/Planni ngandDevelopment/PendingZoningA ctions.aspx.