Crane operators reshape Charlotte's skyline
Parts of uptown (I’m looking at you, Stonewall Street) feel like one big construction site these days, but don’t forget: There’s more where that came from.
So what’s next, once the current round of work finishes up? There’s a whole new round of construction and buildings coming. A slew of other projects are waiting in the wings, from apartments to office buildings to hotels, even if they haven’t announced start dates yet publicly.
Here’s where to look next for the cranes in uptown:
Crescent Stonewall Station hotel
In addition to the 450 apartments and Whole Foods under construction and set to open next year, two hotels are planned on the site next to the Blue Line light rail at Stonewall Street. Developer Crescent Communities sold one of the hotel pads to an Alabama-based developer who’s planning to build a Home2 Suites with about 150 rooms.
A spokeswoman said a start date hasn’t been set for construction on that site, but permit filings indicate it could be soon.
It’s been more than three years since Crescent Communities announced plans to build an office tower at Stonewall and South Tryon streets as part of a mixed-use development. The company is still working on the plan, which would take the place of a former Goodyear auto maintenance center and surface parking lot.
Last week, president of commercial and mixed-use development Brian Leary said in a statement that the company is “continuing with our pre-leasing campaign and traction remains strong.”
Grand Bohemian hotel
A new hotel with about 250 rooms is planned for a vacant half-acre site next to the Carrillon building on West Trade Street. The developers are planning to break ground later this year. A spokeswoman said the company hasn’t set an exact date yet.
The hotel, developed by the Kessler Collection, will be a first in Charlotte for the Grand Bohemian brand.
New First Ward apartments, shops
A square block in First Ward will soon be transformed from mostly surface parking into a mixed-use development. Bounded by the Blue Line extension, North College, Eighth and Ninth streets, the new project from Lennar Multifamily would total almost 550 apartments, including a high-rise tower. The site would also include almost 20,000 square feet of retail space, along with a possible future office building.
Lennar is planning to break ground in the second quarter of next year on the site.
Developer David Furman is planning to build an office building along North Tryon Street, between Ninth and Tenth streets. The building would create a block of funkier, “creative” office space to compete with uptown’s more staid towers, along with 32,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor (long rumored to be a Publix supermarket).
Furman said recently that the project is in permitting. Paperwork filed this week shows the developers are seeking initial permits to grade the site.
“The idea of the design is to create a modest-scaled building for downtown,” said Furman last year. “It’s a funky design. It’s not corporate.”