Revised plans to redevelop the South End site of the Common Market, Food Truck Friday and other local spots as an office building are now available, and they show the architects’ attempt to address concerns about changing a beloved home for local businesses in Charlotte.
Here’s a quick refresher on plans for the site bounded by Tryon Street, Camden Road and Park Avenue: Cousins Properties is developing the site as an office building for Dimensional Fund Advisors, a Texas-based company that’s opening an East Coast hub in Charlotte. City Council will hold a public hearing on the plans on Dec. 14.
The original plans were called too suburban by some in the neighborhood. The new plans are posted online here (Click on “site plan revised,” which will take you to a pretty chunky PDF). The site layout now shows retail pushed all the way to the three corners of the triangular site, rather than set back behind large plazas.
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Each corner is designed to be branded as a distinctive destination, such as an “art plaza” at Tryon Street and Camden Road that will feature views of art in the building’s lobby. And the developers have changed the materials on the building facade and added more distinctive, less “office park-y” features, such as a small “pocket park” on Camden Road to provide for pedestrian interaction.
Cousins executives have said they plan to court local retailers and restaurants for the ground-level spaces. The goal is to create an inviting streetscape that complements rather than sterilizes South End. The building’s parking deck will also provide spaces for the public as well as Dimensional Fund Advisors.
Despite the changes, this will still replace some well-known businesses and events with big followings (Although Common Market hopes to find a new spot in South End and Food Truck Friday will keep operating a block away).
So, what do you think?