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93-story mixed-use apartment tower coming to NoDa*

One local developer is betting big on Charlotte’s apartment boom.

Banking on the desire of millennials to never ever ever ever ever ever ever actually buy a house (and their desire to be close to beer), Why Not? Communities plans to build a 93-story apartment building in the heart of the trendy NoDa neighborhood.

The building, if approved by Charlotte City Council (which might make the developer shorten the building by like six feet if there’s backlash), will be in the lot beside Solstice Tavern, near the main intersection of North Davidson and 36th, as indicated in the rendering below.


The ground floor will be all retail — early tenants will likely include a craft beer bottle shop and an artisanal cheese and leather company — and there will be a pool on the roof with 360-degree views of the tiny tiny buildings in the rest of the neighborhood.

The complex will offer state-of-the-art amenities:

– A dog wash, where you literally put your dog on a conveyor belt and feed it through a car-wash-style machine.

– A grind-your-own nut butter bar. Complete with cashews, sunflower kernels, peanuts and almonds. Organic, of course.

– A blow-dry bar in the salon to the side of the main lobby. Mimosas are served before work, too. (Because why not?)

– Its own nanobrewery in the basement. You can order a beer from an iPad in your apartment and have the beer delivered through a specialized pneumatic tube.

– Elevator yoga for residents on floors 50 and above.

– Cat rental.


Rent starts at $1,600/month for a 300-square-foot studio, which the developer said was reasonable given the location. (“Just look at South End,” they added.)

The developer also hopes this will attract more shiny new buildings to the area to replace all those pesky old “historic” buildings.

*April Fools. Nothing in this story is true.

Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr; Corey Inscoe/Google Maps (rendering); File photo