Charlotte construction firm upfits 1930s-era hangar for new office

Charlotte general contractor Edifice Inc. recently made a move from one adaptive-reuse office space to another in South End.

Edifice relocated this week from the former Coca-Cola bottling plant on West Morehead Street to the building at 4111 South Blvd., a structure built as two airplane hangars in the 1930s. The 20,000-square-foot building was dismantled and moved in 1955 to its current location in the Scaleybark part of South End, where it has since housed a crane-rental company, a tile shop and a boxing gym.

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10 Tryon is picking up steam again with some big changes

The project, as previously reported, will consist of two phases of office, retail and a Publix. The first phase will consist of nearly 90,000 square feet of of Class A office space.

What I love about it is that it stays true to the North Tryon vision. It’s not gigantic, the massing aligns perfectly with the Skyhouse buildings, the architecture is unique and colorful — and most of all, it’s interesting.

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Ten Tryon to add ‘non-corporate’ office space, full-service grocer to uptown


A project set to break ground next year could help catalyze momentum in northern uptown, which has lagged in development as the rest of center city booms.

A mixed-use development called 10 Tryon, led by David Furman of Centro Cityworks and Charles Campbell of Flagship Capital Partners, is planned for 631 N. Tryon St., between Ninth and 10th streets — a 1.4-acre site adjacent to SkyHouse Uptown. Centro and Flagship are under contract to purchase the property.

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Axiom’s New Promotion

Axiom Architecture is excited to announce the promotion of Matt Brown to Associate.  Matt is a licensed architect, an AIA member, and a valued leader at Axiom for nearly 4 years.

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Camden is managing to fit quality townhomes on an awkward piece of land near Uptown

One of my favorite type of projects right now are infill townhome projects. Projects in South End like Helix, Lumina and Central Living at Carson are fantastic uses of small or odd land and I love that they continue to popup in the area.

Enter: Camden. Last year the city sold the plot of land in between Camden Grandview and I-277 for $4.1 million and now Camden has acquired the land and plans to develop rental townhomes.

The land is incredibly awkward and I give major props to Camden for integrating a residential project in with their existing apartment building (all the while making sure they maintain their views at Camden Grandview).

Camden is doing something a bit different here than the other townhome communities. Apart from being on awkward land, these are going to be for rent. No word on pricing yet though.

The project will consist of 28 well-designed townhomes ranging from one to three bedrooms. There are around five different floor plans and each one will be four floors with a two car garage and their own unique set of features. I spoke with Will Smith (not the actor, but that would be cool) who is the development manager at Camden and he told me about some of the cooler features.

One of the floor plans will have a top floor entertainment focused space complete with a dumbwaiter directly to the kitchen. I particularly enjoy this one. Need some ice in the entertainment area, send it up to a friend from the kitchen, so cool. Others will have an elevator and terrace space.

Don’t be concerned over the 277 and South Boulevard noise as I have been assured there will be heavy soundproofing incorporated into each townhome. The 28 townhome owners will also have access to Camden Grandview’s amenities.

There will also be 1,700 square feet of public plaza space connecting the rail trail/Carson station to this project.
Look for construction to start this fall and wrap up early 2018 (16 month construction schedule).

South Boulevard improvement notes: The existing left turn lane off 277 will be converted into a left turn AND straight lane. There will also be a new left hand turn lane heading into the development (going north on South Blvd).

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Here’s what’s coming to the Pepsi site on the light rail line — New Bern Station

You’ve undoubtedly been by the Pepsi site, located at New Bern and South Boulevard.
It’s an old Pepsi bottling plant that’s been here since 1938.

Soon, however, the past will make way for the future as more apartments are making their way to South End. This project is different than most in South End, however — thoughtfully designed, well intentioned with its history and featuring tons of retail. That makes this project a vastly superior product to most of the underwhelming projects we are used to seeing in South End.

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High-end Apartment Development in Fort Mill breaks ground

A high-end rental community is now under construction in Fort Mill.

Miller-Valentine Group, which established a Charlotte office in early 2015, broke ground on Beckett Farms this week. The upscale, 280-unit development, near the intersection of Gold Hill Road and Interstate 77, will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The first phase is expected to be delivered by May 2017.

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2016 Charlotte Center City Partners Vision Award for 1616 Center

1616 Center

For raising the bar on architectural design, street level activation and the market for extreme mixed-use.  The 1616 Center has led the wave of providing much needed office development and strengthening South End as an employment center and a more complete and balanced urban neighborhood.

Recipients:  Mike Harrell, Beacon Partners; David Furman, Centro CityWorks; Steve Barton and Ryan Trimble, Axiom Architecture; Eric Laster, Edifice