New uses for old buildings: Where are Charlotte's best examples?

Savona Mill, which Argos is refurbishing
Savona Mill, which Argos is refurbishing

Charlotte has a reputation for being better at tearing down its old buildings than reusing them.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of interesting, creative reuse projects for older businesses in the works.

In west Charlotte, Argos Real Estate Advisors is refurbishing the Savona Mill, a 180,000-square-foot former cotton mill that’s now vacant and fallen into disrepair. Blue Blaze Brewing is going to occupy 8,000 square feet facing the adjacent greenway. The project will also include a design company and an incubator kitchen as tenants.

In Belmont, Douglas Construction plans to renovate a former Kellogg Co. snack factory and lure tenants including a restaurant and possibly a brewery as well. In uptown, Advent Coworking has turned an 85-year-old former Ford dealership into offices for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

So, while people stress about changes coming to neighborhoods such as South End that will wipe out beloved older buildings, it’s clear that the wrecking ball isn’t predestined – even in a city like Charlotte.

What other examples have you seen of adaptive reuses for old buildings in Charlotte? Send me your ideas (My email is at the top of the article) or post them in the comments. I’d love to hear about some more cool uses for older buildings around Charlotte.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo