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4 developments we can’t wait for

The cranes are back in a big way across Charlotte. Here are four projects we’re eager to see finish:

1. Stonewall Street transformation

Crescent Communities

Where it is: All of Stonewall Street inside the I-277 Loop.

What it’s going to be: The Charlotte Observer’s massive 9-acre tract is under contract with future plans TBA, Crescent Communities has grabbed multiple parcels to build offices, apartments, hotels and a Whole Foods and a few other developers have office and apartment plans. Truly, total transformation.

What’s the latest: Crescent plans to start on its 27-story Tryon Place where the Goodyear sits later this year. It plans to finish the Whole Foods across from the Nascar Hall of Fame by 2017. The Observer’s sale is pending closure, but considering the size of that sale, it promises to be a major change to the city’s skyline.

Why we care: A Whole Foods, so we can spend $15 on a salad at lunch? Yeah, we’ll be there. Plus, we love how all this development will flow into South End and the Panthers and Knights stadiums.

2. First Ward Park

Where it is: Four acres between Seventh Street at ImaginOn and Ninth Street at UNCC’s Center City building.

What it’s going to be: What used to be surface parking is turning into an urban park.

What’s the latest: Construction appears to be on schedule for a November opening.

Why we care: Romare Bearden Park near the Knights stadium has been such a huge hit, we hope First Ward Park does the same for that quiet nook of uptown.

3. Quail Hollow Village

Where it is:

What it’s going to be: It’s currently just open space long-ago excavated for a parking deck. It’s planning to become apartments, a hotel, restaurants and office space.

What’s the latest: City Council has approved the final plans, and tenants are getting lined up. A spokeswoman says land owner Dee Dee Harris is close to setting a groundbreaking date.

Why we care: This corner sticks out like a sore thumb, especially during PGA golf tournament time. Plus, that section of SouthPark could use a little more retail.

4. Massive coffee houses

Where they are: Starbucks is planning a 2-story, 3,000-square foot store at Sharon and Fairview roads, beside the Whole Foods. Amelie’s is building out an 11,000-square-foot store at Two Wells Fargo, where an old cafeteria used to be.


What’s the latest: Amelie’s is looking at an opening by the end of the year. Starbucks plans to open next summer.

Why we care: We need more places to plug in our laptops and “work.” We especially love that the Amelie’s will be open 24 hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.