I finally got an answer to a question a couple of readers have posed over the past few weeks:
What is going on with all that red dirt being cleared on North Tryon Street in northeast Charlotte, near Pavilion Boulevard and Interstate 485?
The site-clearing work is for a 300-unit apartment complex, said Doug Levin, a project manager for the development, which is being built by Gateway Homes and Park Regency.
Levin said the apartments should be done within two years and will include lots of amenities.
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There's no name for the complex yet, although that is expected to be settled in the next few months.
Monthly rent for one-bedroom apartments will start in the $700s, Levin said, while two-bedroom apartments will start at about $1,000 per month.
So, thanks to readers Steve Grew and Jackie Dunbar – and also to the always-helpful Sonja Sanders with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department – for pointing me in the right direction.
Openings soon at Silos
A new restaurant and shopping district in South End is halfway complete, and the developer said he expects the stores and restaurants to begin opening there in late October.
Located near the intersection of South Boulevard and Remount Road, The Silos Subdistrict is to going to be filled with restaurants, bars and shops.
Tim Crawford, president of Citiline Resortline Development, said that the infrastructure is now in place and that roads will soon be paved.
The Silos Subdistrict is the sister property to Silos at South End, a multi-use development being built nearby. Silos at South End's first phase will include 112 residential units and 80,000 square feet of commercial space.
One tenant to locate in the subdistrict is “Local,” a neighborhood lounge that is advertising an atmosphere for “all the Charlotteans who do not take themselves too seriously.”
“Local” aims to be a small neighborhood meeting place for the area. Besides offering beer, wine and cocktails, the lounge will feature a menu offering pizzas, sliders and signature salads.
The lounge plans to be open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day.
“We wanted to offer … a new, but quirky, take on the traditional dive bar,” owner Eric Pliner wrote in a statement.