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Chop Shop in NoDa is on chopping block under redevelopment plan

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band performs at Chop Shop in NoDa in this 2013 photo. Chop Shop would be demolished, and possibly relocate, under a proposed redevelopment plan.
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band performs at Chop Shop in NoDa in this 2013 photo. Chop Shop would be demolished, and possibly relocate, under a proposed redevelopment plan. Observer file photo

The NoDa Neighborhood Association has voted to support Charlotte-based Crescent Communities’ rezoning petition to allow a mixed-use development on 7 acres adjacent to the planned 36th Street Station of the Lynx Blue Line light rail extension.

That means the Chop Shop music venue would be demolished, a neighborhood association official said. The live concert location behind Cabo Fish Taco opened in May 2011.

“We don’t want to see anybody go, but we’re elated with the new owners of the property,” said Hollis Nixon, president of the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association. “The developers have even expressed interest in helping (Chop Shop) relocate within NoDa.”

Traci Nasta, one of the Chop Shop’s owners, said she was disappointed with the redevelopment.

“I just feel like Charlotte in general is one of those cities where everyone wants to see it grow, and as the city grows, they demand more culture, and then the first thing that Charlotte does is get rid of culture so they can bring more people in and have empty housing all over the place,” said Nasta.

“They just do that to all the small little artsy areas everywhere else. It’s just kind of par for the course for Charlotte, I believe.”

Still, Nasta said she recognized that as a renter, the space was never guaranteed.

“It’s like borrowing something from your friend for a while and knowing you have to give it back at some point. It was a rented space,” said Nasta. “It’s not like we own it.”

Crescent’s petition is scheduled to have a hearing before the City Council on March 16. The land is owned by an affiliate of MPV Properties. A representative of Crescent Communities said the plans are preliminary and declined to give any details on Wednesday.

Although the rezoning petition doesn’t give many specifics, Crescent’s plans call for a large apartment building with a maximum height of 80 feet, which would take up almost the entire site. Construction forms associated with demolition of the existing buildings on site have been filed.

“There’s a lot of room for growth for retail in NoDa, and that’s one of the few places geographically that it can happen,” Nixon said. “We have a lot of small-business owners and local NoDa business owners that are looking to expand and are interested in that space.”

Crescent is behind some of the most high-profile developments underway or planned in Charlotte, including high-end apartments in Dilworth and SouthPark, a Whole Foods and apartment complex uptown, and a 27-story office tower on South Tryon Street.

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