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View from building is safe – for now

Though they've received an official go-ahead from the city, developers of the South End property next to the pink building say construction on the project is at least a year away.

Tracy Finch of the Charlotte-based Harris Development said the company's still in talks with possible tenants and couldn't name any potential suitors because of ongoing negotiations.

“We are probably 13 to 14 months away from actually breaking ground,” she said.

The Charlotte City Council on Monday unanimously approved a rezoning for the approximately 2.74-acre property at 1200 South Blvd. Project plans call for an apartment tower at least 230 feet high, a 200-plus-foot-tall office building, a 180-foot-tall hotel and a parking deck with at least 800 spaces.

The project has met opposition from pink building – officially named The Arlington – residents, who say the project would lower property values by blocking their view of uptown. They also say the project violates the South End Transit Station Area Plan approved in 2005, which caps building heights at 120 feet. The 300-foot-tall pink building opened to residents in 2003.

No Arlington residents spoke at the City Council meeting, and officials have said the South End plan was made with exceptions in mind.

Three businesses currently operate on the 1200 South Boulevard property, including Simpson's Lighting, which Finch said will stay open likely until March. It's unknown what the owner plans to do with Simpson's Lighting or the near-iconic sign that sits on the roof of the building near the South Boulevard entrance to South End.

As for Harris Development, Finch said the company can now focus on finding tenants for the project now that it's been approved.

“It's kind of one of those hurdles that everyone out there waits and watches,” Finch said. “They get a better level of comfort when they understand that, yes, we do have our zoning, and we do have our entitlement.”