These buildings are going to change South End’s skyline, starting in 2019

RailYard rendering.
RailYard rendering.

The newest office buildings and apartments in South End are set to open in January 2019, developer Beacon Partners said Tuesday.

Called the RailYard, the pair of eight-story buildings will be on a 3.5-acre block at South Tryon and Bland streets. Beacon Partners purchased the site in 2015 for just over $10.1 million, and demolished the industrial warehouses, including HD Supply, that occupied the block.

No tenants have been signed yet for the office buildings, which will total 300,000 square feet. The project also includes 30,000 square feet of space for shops and restaurants on the ground floor, including four restaurant spaces. There’s a 15,000-square-foot outdoor plaza between the buildings, which will feature outdoor dining and music.

Courtyard rendering at the RailYard. Courtesy Beacon Partners

Called “The Yard,” the outdoor plaza will also be connected to an indoor space called “Central Station,” with a 40-foot-wide roll-up door. A coffee shop called “Grand Central” will be inside.

Amenities for the office buildings will include bike lockers, a gym with a locker room and rooftop terraces.

A block away, Dimensional Fund Advisors is building another eight-story office building with shops and restaurants on the ground floor. The Austin-based financial company plans to open its East Coast headquarters there in 2018.

The Rail Yard development will also include 100 “micro” apartments on the rear of the building, designed by Charlotte architect and developer David Furman.

“The RailYard’s historic warehouse design is not only meant to blend into the neighborhood, but also to accommodate a workforce who values outdoor space and the ability to walk or bike to work,” said Beacon executive Mike Harrell, in a statement.

Edifice is the project’s general contractor, LandDesign is the civil engineer, and RBA Group is architect, with Wells Fargo financing the project.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo