NoDa development could include hotel, grocery store

Crescent Communities could be bringing a hotel and grocery store to NoDa in addition to the apartment development it’s planning, according to the summary of a meeting with neighbors.

The 7-acre development, which is up for a rezoning hearing next week in front of City Council, will require the demolition of the Chop Shop music venue and Ultimate Gym on the property. Crescent has been mum on the details of what it’s planning, but the community meeting last week offers some insight.

▪ The development will be up to 80 feet tall, allowing for a possible hotel.

▪ The multifamily building will include 325 to 350 units, and could include a for-sale component (condos) as well as apartments.

▪ Crescent, which is building a Whole Foods uptown, will pursue a smaller grocery store for this site. “A small, boutique grocer is a long-shot, but will be pursued. We understand NoDa prefers to avoid large, generic chain stores,” company representatives said.

▪ The site, which will connect to the Lynx Blue Line light rail extension, could also include “excess parking” for people using transit.

The community members present voted to support Crescent’s proposal 33 to 2. But some voiced skepticism. As the meeting minutes record: “Member 1: These guys sound good, but this is the most important piece of real estate in neighborhood. Can we trust them without any plans to present? We need to shepherd this critical site.”

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