Apartments, retail planned for Time Out Youth Center location

Rezoning request splits parcel into two development areas, Center leader says group's location secure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A rezoning petition and a future residential and retail development could mean big changes for a portion of NoDa and even bigger changes for Time Out Youth Center, a local LGBT youth services agency — eventually.

Owners of the land at the center’s current location at 2320 N. Davidson St. hope to redevelop the area into apartments, retail space and a restaurant. The petition calls for 200 apartments, 31,000 square feet of retail space and 9,000 square feet of restaurant space.

The rezoning request, according to Charlotte Agenda, goes up for a City Council hearing on April 20. The zoning commission will make its recommendation on April 29, with a final Council vote possible on May 18.

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But there’s no need for immediate worry, says center Executive Director Rodney Tucker. The group’s lease is for five years and includes an option to extend for three years.

“Our landlord has kept us up to date on everything,” he said via email Wednesday. “Our lease/building is fine.”

Additionally, Tucker said the current location will be undergoing a bit of sprucing up before summer.

“Our fence is coming down, street parking and a sidewalk,” he said. “We are going to be pretty for summer!”

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The rezoning request also addresses the current businesses on the property, dividing the parcel — the entire block surrounded by N. Davidson St., 26th St., 27th St. and Yadkin Ave. — into two development areas. The center and other occupants are located on the second area slated for later redevelopment.

Different Roads Home, an HIV/AIDS support services group, recently announced it was moving to the same building. They will occupy office space next to Time Out Youth Center.

The center has been in the space since November 2013. It had formerly occupied space at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on The Plaza. The center’s larger facility in NoDa includes several offices for staff, interns and private counseling, a kitchen and laundry facility, a computer lab, career center, library, a multi-purpose room and youth lounge.

Other businesses located in the current building include Free Range Brewing, Peddler’s Post, Party Pedaler and Junk Rescue, according to Charlotte Agenda.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.