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The Vue from the 50th floor

After nine months of construction, The Vue Charlotte apartment complex on Thursday celebrated the unveiling of its 3,800-square-foot 50th-floor “SkyLounge.”

In a space once slated for a penthouse condominium, SkyLounge will offer bar and lounge seating overlooking Bank of America Stadium and the future Charlotte Knights ballpark to residents and their guests.

Other amenities include an entertainment room with piano bar, a demonstration kitchen and dining room, a private game room, meeting and conference rooms, and a wireless business center with private seating that overlooks uptown.

The construction cost about $1 million, said David Ravin, president and CEO of Northwood Ravin, which manages the property. Northwood Ravin is an affiliate of Northwood Investors, which purchased The Vue at a foreclosure auction in June.

The Vue, located at Fifth and Pine streets, was originally built as for-sale luxury condominiums but the owner struggled to close sales after construction finished in fall 2010.

After purchasing the property, Northwood Ravin turned the condos into apartment units, which range from 650 square feet to 3,586 square feet and cost between $1,300 to $6,000 a month.

About half the 408 units are occupied, a Northwood spokeswoman said.

“We’ve been trying to look at the Vue and say, ‘What is unique about it? What can it offer?’ ” Ravin said. “The ability to put someone on the 50th floor is not something you can do (everywhere).”

Ravin said he’s now looking forward to the next Vue project: a golf simulator room. Caroline McMillan

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