MATTHEWS – A multi-use project proposed next to Butler High School ran into some roadblocks during a May 13 public hearing at the Matthews Board of Commissioners meeting.
The proposed project, which would sit on a narrow 10-acre parcel, would include two office buildings on 2026 Matthews-Mint Hill Road and up to 22 single-family homes on both sides of a single street. The total office space for general and professional offices would be 15,000 square feet, possibly smaller if a medical office was built as the building would need additional parking.
“A medical office has a higher parking ratio,” interim planning director Jay Camp said. “It (building) would be closer to 10,000 feet if it is developed as a medical office.”
The two office buildings would front Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Only about half of the property would be developed, as a creek crosses the property in the rear of the parcel and some parts of the site are designated open space. The site is currently wooded and the tree save would be 24%.
The property has been for sale for a number of years, and Camp said the planning department has met with dozens of prospective developers over time.
“Everything from townhomes to 200 apartments,” Camp said. “This is really the first proposal that we have seen come in that is appropriate for the site.’’
Wayne Harris, of Harris Engineering, told the board the office space would act as a natural separation for the homes, and it was consistent with the land use across the street.
Several commissioners told Harris they needed more specific details on the project, with one commissioner describing the office elevations as “plain Jane.” Commissioners also wanted to know more design details on the single-family homes.
“You are not knocking my socks off,” Commissioner John Urban said. “If this is a first brush stroke, that is fine.”
“I think you have to really improve your (office) drawings to let us know what it is that you will be placing at that location,” Mayor Paul Bailey said. “Same thing with the house designs. You look like that you all are all cutting these out of the same magazine.’’
Harris said he would take the board’s concerns back to his clients. The board voted to continue the public hearing June 10.