Crescent Communities is planning to demolish the former Goodyear auto store at Stonewall and South Tryon streets, and build a new office tower in its place. But until then, Crescent is getting creative with the store that used to fix cars and change oil for uptown workers.
A reader recently asked me why a worker was inside the store Tuesday, painting and touching up the interior. That didn’t seem to make a lot of sense for a building soon to be demolished for a 27-story office tower. So I asked Brian Leary, Crescent’s president of commercial and mixed-use development, what the company’s plans are for the store.
Leary said Crescent is temporarily repurposing the space for “TedX-style” talks, referring to offshoots of the short, upbeat Ted Talk lectures that highlight different issues and “ideas worth spreading.”
Crescent has sent out invitations for a first event later this month to talk about the company’s plans to transform the Stonewall Street corridor, complete with “art and passion.” Down the block, Crescent is also planning a Whole Foods-anchored apartment and hotel development to open in 2017.
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“We’re really interested in igniting the conversation,” said Leary.
Crescent is planning to start site work such as utility relocation and then begin full-blown construction this year at the Tryon Place office tower site. So, if all goes according to plan, the retooled Goodyear store won’t become a fixture uptown.
“We’re going to tear it down sooner rather than later,” said Leary.