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^ Agreed. The massing and shape are fantastic, but the use of mostly spandrel glass nearly ruins it. If they used more transparent glass through most of the structure - like they do on the first couple of floors - it would be worlds better. But the current result is disappointing, especially because the building had so much promise.
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A stalled development formerly known as The Park will be completed as A Hyatt Place Hotel and will include 67 condos along with the hotel rooms, and a rooftop restaurant/bar. The plan is to have the hotel open before the 2012 DNC.
Uptown’s Skye tower finally tops off; completion set for 2013
Uptown multiuse high rise now slated for completion in the second quarter of 2013 By Celeste Smith
The developer of a high-rise condo-hotel-restaurant project at Third and Caldwell streets is celebrating a milestone in the long-awaited project – the topping off of the 22-story building.
Small Brothers Charlotte LLC, the developer behind the tower now known as the Skye project, also announced a new completion timeline: second quarter 2013.
The last piece of steel supporting the rooftop was installed April 4 at the building’s tallest point – 310 feet from ground level – topping off the building, said Shane McDevitt of the McDevitt Agency real estate firm representing the developer.
The Hyatt House is a recently completed and now open hotel. Originally it was to be branded a Hotel Sierra but I'm not sure the reason behind the rebranding.
The UNC Charlotte Center City building was also recently completed and is now open.
Packard Place is a new start-up/small business incubator and co-working space. It was formerly a parking garage and Packard automobile dealership (hence the name). Look closely and you can see a few wind turbines on the roof.
This is Romare Bearden Park under construction. More than any other part of center city, Third Ward has way too many surface parking lots. Here a whole block of them is being turned into a very well designed park. The grass covered block behind the park is where the proposed AAA minor league baseball park will (finally) begin construction soon (I hope).
Bloc 90 condos nearing completion. This was stalled and on hold partially complete for around 4 years.
thanks for that update initiald ...I know this post is a little out of left field, but I'm considering joining some friends who are moving to Charlotte in the coming months, and frankly, for someone like me, it'd be reassuring to know that I'm moving somewhere that's active on the development front. Any updates or info on things going on down there? Is there even anything going on at the moment?
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Division 1 FBS college football is coming to Charlotte. The Charlotte 49ers are building a new, 15,300 seat stadium and will play their first game next August. They have already joined Conference USA and their football program will move to that conference after their two year provisional status. They will be full members eligible for bowl games starting in 2016. The stadium will be expandable to 25,000 with temporary grandstands and the stadium was designed to be expandable to 40,000+ seats in the future.
Developed by Childress Klein, this breaks ground next week and will be located south of Mint at MLK Blvd. It is currently a surface parking lot and the apartments will overlook the under-construction AAA baseball stadium and the under-construction Bearden Park. Link to the article
Basically the same design as the SkyHouse apartments in Atlanta. I think Novare is using the same design to save money and building this in several cities - one is proposed for downtown Raleigh as well. Located on the west corner of N Tryon at 10th, the site is an empty lot that was going to be a Fifth Third Bank tower that had started site prep but was canceled because of the recession. Link to the article
Houston based Hines was selected by the NC DOT to start work on detailed plans for the Gateway station project. Located around Trade Street at Wilkes Place, the multi-phase Gateway Station will include a new Amtrak and commuter rail station, Greyhound Station, CATS transit bus terminal, and future streetcar station. Link to the article
The Charlotte Knights baseball team management has stated they plan to build a 125 room hotel with mixed-use space and underground parking. The 10,200 seat BB&T Ballpark broke ground last September but no timeline has been given for the hotel yet. The stadium will be completed in time for the 2014 baseball season.
Portman Holdings plans 15-story office building in uptown Charlotte
The office building is to the right of the Westin hotel. Photo via Portman Holdings, this was an earlier rendering of the project before it was put oh hold. Link.
Portman Holdings plans to move forward with a new 15 floor office building. The building will be located next to the Westin Hotel. When the hotel was built, the foundations were put in place for another building next door, thought at the time to be either residential condos or an office building. This means that once they are ready to begin construction they are ready to go vertical immediately. They plan to sign 50% occupancy then begun construction.