One crane comes down, another goes up as uptown Charlotte’s building boom rolls on

Workers installing the base of a new tower crane at Uptown 550 at Stonewall.
Workers installing the base of a new tower crane at Uptown 550 at Stonewall.

Here’s how fast Charlotte’s building boom is moving right now on Stonewall Street: Crews removed one crane and started putting up another one on another construction site directly across the street in the same week.

The crane that came down was one of three that’s been building Crescent Stonewall Station, a mixed-use development next to the Blue Line light rail station on Stonewall Street. That project will include a Whole Foods and 450 apartments in the first phase, and two hotels in the second phase. The apartments are expected to start opening in late 2017.

Crews took down the Heede Southeast crane at Crescent Stonewall Station over several days this week, disassembling it and trucking it away in sections. There are still two cranes up at the site, and another is expected to be erected this fall to start work on a Home2 Suites by Hilton next to the Whole Foods and apartments.

Meanwhile, a new crane is going up across Caldwell Street, at a site where Northwood Ravin is building a new apartment development. Workers have poured the crane’s concrete base and put the lowest section in place. Called Uptown 550 at Stonewall, the project will total 421 apartments split between a 20-story tower and a low-rise building.

The 20-story tower will include shops and restaurants on the first floor, a gym on the third floor, a fourth-floor dog park and a rooftop bar on the 20th floor. The buildings will be arranged around a central courtyard plaza.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo