MATTHEWS – Matthews leaders approved a number of projects Monday night, Feb. 10, as area businesses look to expand into town.
The Matthews Board of Commissioners approved two new developments in the area including The Fountains apartment complex, which will sit at the corner of Matthews Township and Northeast parkways, and a new QuikTrip gas station and convenience store to be located near the Matthews-Charlotte line on Monroe Road.
The new apartment complex, a project lead by Proffitt Dixon Partners, backs up to the Bella Sera neighborhood on about 15 acres of land. The property, previously zoned for an 108,000-square-foot shopping center, now will be home to a mixed-use facility comprised of mostly one- and two-bedroom apartments and some three-bedroom apartments, as well as a small amount of office or retail space.
Proffitt Dixon made a few tweaks to the project to better meet the needs and design standards of Matthews after some discussion on materials used for the new complex and the balance between residential and commercial space at the Jan. 13 public hearing. Developers agreed to use 40 percent brick for the structure, and additionally, opted to omit 4,000 square feet of retail space, which would have sat independently on the property.
“After having a lot of conversation with various stakeholders throughout the process, we have elected to remove the 4,000-square-foot residential building, but to allow for privately-owned walking trails and such,” Wyatt Dixon with Proffitt Dixon Partners said about the potential for a pocket park on the property. “Our intent is that it would be there for the enjoyment of our residents.”
In a report by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on the project, the complex would generate about 84 students at Crown Point Elementary, 26 students at Mint Hill Middle and 35 students at Butler High School, though town leaders did not mention any concerns about the estimates at the Feb. 10 meeting.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing this at that corner,” Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor said of the intersection. “I think it’s going to look tremendous.”
The QuikTrip gas station and convenience store, to be located at 10701 Monroe Road, brought more discussion to the table about how the gas station should be positioned in location to the street, as the new development will be a part of “the gateway to Matthews,” Taylor said. The Matthews Planning Board opted to turn the station 90 degrees to have the development face a private street, bringing the store structure closer to Monroe Road, but also leaving the back of the building, which QuikTrip uses for loading and unloading, visible to the Charlotte side of Monroe Road.
“I’ll just say, I’m struggling with how this looks better” than the canopy facing Monroe Road, Taylor said. “I do have a concern about seeing the back of a building as you’re coming into the town of Matthews.”
And the commissioners agreed, voting to leave the convenience store behind the canopy, which consists of 10 stations and 20 pumps in all, which will face Monroe Road.