South End "Vision Plan" Takes Shape
Two midrise office buildings with retail and restaurants are planned for a major corner in South End.
Spectrum Companies said Friday it plans to develop the 5-acre site, which will also have a boutique hotel of about 17 stories, event space and a pedestrian plaza at the corner of South Tryon Street and Carson Boulevard.
“We want it to become a destination for South End,” said Chief Operating Officer Steve McClure.
Spectrum, which opened Kimpton Tryon Park on South Tryon Street in uptown last fall, is seeking approval to rezone some of the site from industrial to a transit-oriented development zone, he said.
If that approval is granted, Spectrum hopes to break ground during the first quarter of next year, McClure said.
He added that Spectrum is still figuring out cost estimates for the project.
Those newer developments aim to break the South End apartment mold of five-story, city block-long boxes, with big parking garages facing the sidewalk.
The new Spectrum development will be a gateway, McClure said, by bridging the high rises of uptown and South End.