Work starts soon on 10-story office tower, apartments at Sauceman’s restaurant site

A rendering of The Square, a 10-story office tower and apartment building soon to be under construction in Wilmore.
A rendering of The Square, a 10-story office tower and apartment building soon to be under construction in Wilmore.

Charlotte-based Beacon Partners plans to start construction this month on a project that will bring an office tower and apartments to the home of a popular barbecue restaurant near South End, the firm said in a press release Monday.

The development, along South Tryon Street between West Boulevard and Hawkins Street, will have two buildings, one with 150,000 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of retail on the first floor. The 132 apartments will be housed in the other building, with an outdoor plaza in between.

Beacon is also partnering with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to develop the 1.5-acre Wilmore Centennial Park at the corner of South Tryon and Kingston Streets.

“We are so pleased to see this vital public space come to life,” Michael Smith, president and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, said in the release. “It will be an incredible place for the Wilmore and South End neighborhoods to come together with our entire community.”

The site is home to Sauceman’s, a barbecue restaurant, which is moving to Sugar Creek Brewing Company. The Observer reported last month that the West Boulevard location would close Sept. 1 before the restaurant relocates.

The development, “The Square at South End,” is expected to be complete late next year, Beacon said in the release. It will feature a two-story fitness center, an outdoor wellness area, a coffee bar and lounge, as well as a rooftop restaurant and bar.

City Council approved the rezoning for the site in May. Property records show Sauceman’s owners sold the property to a company affiliated with Beacon for $2.5 million in January. Beacon did not release the total cost of the project.

More South End development

Beacon has been a major player in South End’s revamp.

The company is building the RailYard, a pair of eight-story buildings underway along West Bland Street between South Tryon and Winnifred streets.

It’s also developing a site at the Scaleybark light rail station, which will have a hotel, office space, apartments and retail.

The project is the latest office building for South End, where more corporations are moving in. EY (formerly Ernst & Young) has said it plans to bring hundreds of employees to the RailYard as part of an innovation and new technologies office.

Lowe’s announced in June that it will build a 23-story tower to house its global tech hub, bringing 2,000 employees to the area. And LendingTree broke ground on its new headquarters at South Tryon Street at Carson Boulevard last month.

Beacon is partnering with local architect David Furman, founder of Centro Cityworks, to develop the apartments.

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Danielle Chemtob covers economic growth and development for the Observer. She’s a 2018 graduate of the journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill and a California transplant.