Second SkyHouse apartment tower topping out Wednesday

Workers plan to celebrate the topping out of uptown’s second SkyHouse tower Wednesday, another building that’s set to add hundreds of units to the city’s apartment supply.

Rising at Ninth and Church streets, on the site of a former motel, the tower will include 336 luxury apartments. It’s a mirror image of the first SkyHouse tower at Tenth and Church streets, which opened last year. The towers flank a parking garage, which features ground-floor retail, including a veterinarian, and an amenity deck on the roof.

Together, the pair of 24-story towers will likely bring about 1,000 new residents to the block.

Topping out typically marks the completion of vertical construction and the placement of the highest structural elements on a project. SkyHouse II could open to its first residents in October or November, a spokesman said.

Batson-Cook is the general contractor on the SkyHouse project, which was developed by Charlotte-based Grubb Properties and Atlanta-based Novare Group and designed by architectural firm Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart. Novare has built more than a dozen SkyHouse buildings in cities from Denver to Dallas to Nashville to Raleigh.

Charlotte’s apartment boom hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. The latest numbers from Charlotte-based apartment monitoring firm Real Data show more than 12,700 units under construction, with 13,425 more proposed or planned to be built in the coming years. Other high-rise projects under construction uptown include the Ascent tower by Greystar (33 stories) and the Mint Museum tower (43 stories).

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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