County official says land was rezoned for Rite Aid

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By Jenny Hartley

A Charlotte developer got the initial OK at County Council's last meeting to move forward with The Village at Doby's Bridge.

The proposed development, on U.S. 521 across from the intersection of Doby's Bridge Road, will include retail and office space.

Council gave first reading to approve rezoning the property from residential to business on Jan. 7. Officials from York Development Group, the company developing the property, have not returned phone calls, but the company's Web site says the development will include 375,000 square feet of office space and 60,000 square feet for retail.

Council also rezoned property on U.S. 521 near Food Lion from residential to business.

County planner Penelope G. Karagounis said the property is being rezoned for a Rite Aid Pharmacy. Rite Aid, however, isn't confirming plans for a move to the Panhandle right now.

"It's an area of interest, but we don't have any definite plans at this time," said company spokeswoman Ashley Flower on Friday.

One development that won't be moving forward is apartments on 15 acres on Barberville Road. There is no developer yet, but at eight units per acre in a multi-family zoning district, 123 apartments or townhomes could be built on the property.

Nearby are the Audubon Lake, Bretagne and Barbar Rock subdivisions.

County planning staff recommended denial of the rezoning to multi-family, because of the other subdivisions under construction on the two-lane, curvy road, Karagounis said.

Council voted 4-2 to deny the rezoning, with Councilmen Jack Estridge and Wayne Kersey voting against denial. Councilman Bryan Vaughn was absent from the meeting.

Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com