Levine getting ready to start construction on uptown apartments

Charlotte developer Daniel Levine is preparing to start construction on an apartment building uptown that should bring 264 more units to First Ward, he said Wednesday.

The 10th Street Apartments will be located on Brevard Street, at the intersection with an extension of 10th Street. The six-story apartment building will wrap a 1,400-space parking deck, Levine said. Site work, such as removing light poles from the existing surface parking deck, has begun, and Levine said grading should begin in less than 30 days.

“It’s a full-block development,” Levine said.

He said the parking deck and first apartments should be ready in about 16 months. Samet Corp. is signed on to build the apartments, and Rodgers Builders will handle the parking deck, Levine said.

His company, Levine Properties, has long held land in First Ward. In September, Levine broke ground on First Ward Park. The 4-acre site occupies former parking lots between Seventh Street at the ImaginOn children’s library and Ninth Street at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building.

The park, to be completed this year, is expected to be the centerpiece of a new urban village. It’s expected to be the first step of an ambitious plan to redevelop the area with as much as $1 billion worth of hotels, offices and residences.

Levine’s company is also building a 105-unit upscale apartment building just south of Plaza Midwood, at St. Julien Street and Commonwealth Avenue.