June’s Hot Rezoning Show Texas Apartment Developer Has Something Cooking Around Zack’s Hamburgers

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Each month, The Ledger publishes the city’s rezoning filings for our paying members, before that information shows up on the city’s main rezoning site. We can see the numbers, and it might come as no surprise that our Charlotte rezoning summaries don’t go viral or earn us a bunch of clicks that propel us to “register on Comscore.”

We do it anyway, because rezoning filings provide an important window into growth and development in Charlotte, and we like to keep neighbors and people in the industry informed.

June’s rezoning filings include a clue about a topic that’s on a lot of people’s minds this week — the fate of Zack’s Hamburgers, which closed Thursday after 46 years near the intersection of South Boulevard and Scaleybark Road.

Turns out, a developer named Embrey Partners from San Antonio filed a rezoning last month for 3.2 acres on three parcels surrounding Zack’s Hamburgers. Embrey wants to rezone the land to a TOD-CC designation, which is a classification of “transit-oriented development” that the Zack’s parcel already has. TOD-CC allows buildings of up to 90 feet high by right, or up to 130 feet if developers do certain things.

There are no further details, and Embrey doesn’t have to file a site plan. The company’s contact didn’t return a call Thursday, and its Charlotte representative, Keith MacVean of Moore & Van Allen, told us he didn’t know what the plans are.

Embrey develops apartments, mostly in Texas, Tennessee and Colorado. We can’t say for sure what’s happening on that Zack’s corner, but it’s a clue. We might not know for certain for months or years, since land deals typically don’t close until after rezonings are approved.

June’s other filings include many items that regular Ledger readers already know about — plans for an office tower in place of the Phillips Place theater, apartments and townhomes in Ballantyne (one with an affordable housing component) and so on. There’s also the usual assortment of apartment complexes, townhome developments, affordable housing initiatives, car washes and more — all over town.


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