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What do you think should go on this South End site? A developer wants to know

HD Supply, 118 Winona Street.
HD Supply, 118 Winona Street. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

A development company is seeking ideas from the public for how to develop a prominent site in South End.

You can share your thoughts on what Beacon Partners should build on the HD Supply site, across from Amos’ Southend on South Tryon Street, at a public meeting Tuesday. Beacon is hosting interested local residents starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Oak Room, a club at 200 E. Bland Street.

Attorney Collin Brown, who is representing Beacon, said the idea is to gather community input and learn what hot-button issues might come up with the site before Beacon officially files a rezoning request and detailed plans for the property. The city requires companies seeking to rezone properties to meet with neighbors after a rezoning request is filed, but by then, plans are usually far along and neighbors can feel like they’ve been left out of the process.

Charlotte-based Beacon purchased the 3.4-acre site last year for $10.1 million. Industrial distributor HD Supply currently occupies the site, which includes warehouse facilities and loading docks.

The Beacon project will be the latest in a string of major redevelopments sweeping through South End. Last year, Beacon wrapped up construction on 1616 Center, a five-story office building on Camden Road next to Price’s Chicken Coop. Next door to that, the new Camden Gallery apartment building is now leasing.

Dimensional Fund Advisors and Cousins Properties plan to start construction later this year on a new office building at Tryon Street and Camden Road, site of The Common Market and Food Truck Friday. And a hotel is planned for the vacant lot at Tryon Street and Kingston Avenue.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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