Mosaic Village throws itself a coming-out party

06/13/2014 6:32 PM

06/13/2014 8:17 PM

Johnson C. Smith University held an open house Thursday to showcase the final phase of Mosaic Village, a $25 million mixed-use project on West Trade Street.

Although the building has been in use for more than a year – mainly as dormitory space for JCSU students on the first three floors – the Thursday event marked the launch of Mosaic Village as a space also available for public rental.

The centerpiece of this latest phase is the fourth floor, a private-access area that houses more than a dozen four-bedroom suites that will go on the market as short-term rentals that are open to the public. Rhonda E. Caldwell of The Main Event, which has been hired to market the project, said the entire floor already is sold out for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority convention scheduled for July 12-18 in Charlotte.

Caldwell said she believes the suites will appeal to families and groups visiting the city. Prices start at $309 per suite. Each suite comes with a small sitting area, kitchen and a washer and dryer, so that visitors can have a “home away from home.”

“Really, it’s sort of like a time share,” she said. “It kind of goes in that same direction.”

Caldwell said her company also will be looking to market a rooftop terrace, which offers a spectacular view of downtown Charlotte, as a place for weddings, receptions and other special events. She said several weddings already have been booked for 2015.

On the ground floor, Mosaic Village has a multipurpose meeting space that also can be rented by individuals or organizations. The development, which has a multilevel parking deck, was designed by Darrell Williams of Neighboring Concepts.

Caldwell said anyone interested in renting a suite or using one of the public spaces to host an event should contact her company at 704-332-5819.

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