Here’s our first look at Crescent’s planned NoDa project

Charlotte-based Crescent Communities has released its first look at its planned mixed-use development at the 36th Street Station along the Blue Line extension.

The company has been planning the development for some time, and the rendering was first published in this month’s issue of NoDa News, the neighborhood association’s newsletter.

What do you think of the design? Is it distinctive enough for NoDa? What retail would you like to see there?

The seven-acre site is currently occupied by the Chop Shop music venue and a gym. Here are the main stats for Crescent NoDa:

▪ Up to 350 apartments, and a structured parking deck.

▪ The development could include a hotel, and Crescent is trying to lure a boutique grocer.

▪ Construction is set to start by the end of the year, and the first units should be open in 2017, timed with the light rail extension opening.

▪ There will be courtyards, plazas and other outdoor spaces, some accessible to the public.

▪ Up to 85 feet tall.

▪ The main retail spaces are planned to be 6,000 square feet in the main building area and a separate 15,000-square-foot building (That would likely be the grocer, if it works out).

Just down the street, Crescent is looking to redevelop almost 25 acres at the corner of Craighead Road and North Davidson Street. The development could include up to 450 residential units.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo