I have lived in NoDa so long that I remember when there were only a few restaurants – Fat City with its delicious muffaletta, Martino’s, located where Cabo Fish Taco is now and Kelly’s, ahead of its time, serving all vegetarian fare. We were renovating our house and didn’t have a kitchen so we frequented these places. If we wanted a beer, Pat’s Time for One More was also an option.
Over the past 10 years, the development of apartments, condos, breweries and new restaurants have made NoDa a destination spot for visitors and a cool place to live. And just when you think NoDa has reached its expansion point, another project pops up.
Native Charlottean Skye McMahan, 36, with Imprint Properties, purchased the warehouse buildings at 3701 and 3629 N. Davidson Street, close to the Craighead and N. Davidson intersection.
McMahan comes to this project with experience and a lot of enthusiasm. He was one of Choate’s project managers for Metropolitan at Midtown, which was finished in 2008. He is community driven and excited to see another area of NoDa develop into a place that people want to visit.
McMahan and his investors have big plans for the site. Right now they are in the rezoning process, asking for MUD-O, which will give them a break on parking restrictions. They hope that the coming light rail will alleviate some of the parking issues in NoDa.
The two buildings are being prepared for restaurant, brewery and retail. McMahan said, “NoDa Street Market’s main focus is to find thriving local businesses that want to expand or try new concepts.”
The 12,800 sq. ft. space will house a brewery with a taproom and a retail business. Three other tenants will be in the 9800 sq. ft. building. The area in between the two buildings will be repaved for parking and feature outdoor seating with a view of the trains and light rail.
d3 Studio and Banks Engineering are working on the design, concept and zoning. A new façade, 4,000 sq. ft. of outdoor patio and storefronts facing the Craighead/N. Davidson intersection will change the look of that entire corner. The project will start this July and finish in the fall.
“We are very excited about NoDa Street Market and are proud to be involved. This development is at the forefront of the next wave of urban renewal in NoDa,” said Scott Betzold, managing partner at d3 Studio.
Photos: Vanessa Infanzon, David Stiles, d3 Studio