The former Dixie’s Tavern building in First Ward could be getting a major overhaul, according to plans submitted to the city and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
The building at 301 East 7th Street is more than 100 years old, and was formally known as the Philip Carey House, a designated historic landmark. It was one of First Ward’s original brick warehouses.
Dixie’s Tavern closed in 2013, leaving the building unused. Levine Properties, the firm building the adjacent First Ward Park set to open later this year, now plans to add new doors, windows, skylights and an atrium through the center of the building. The company also plans to restore the brick facade and the building’s exterior. A county official said the plan is for the building to be an “adaptive reuse,” and renderings show what appears to be large, open office spaces fronting the central atrium, walled off by glass.
Here’s the complete description of the plan from Charlotte’s Accela system: “Interior office build-out, exterior facade brick restoration (paint removal, mortar tuck-pointing, new gutters and downspouts), new patio consistent with First Ward Park plans, completion of rear alley consistent with First Ward plans, installation of the Rail Trail adjacent to property as a part of the First Ward Park construction.”
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First Ward Park is expected to kick off the development of a large amount of office, apartment, hotel and retail space nearby. Levine Properties plans to build an apartment complex, two Hilton-brand hotels and a major parking deck on empty lots adjacent to the park.
Plans for the Dixie’s Tavern site recently passed the Design Review Committee of the Historic Landmark Commission, and the commission is set to hear and vote on the plans Monday evening at 6 p.m.