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Cour­tesy Kaplan Res­i­den­tial and Ori­gin Investments

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Two real estate firms have part­nered to devel­op a major mul­ti­fam­i­ly project just west of Charlotte.

Mul­ti­fam­i­ly devel­op­er Kaplan Res­i­den­tial announced yes­ter­day it had part­nered with Ori­gin Invest­ments to devel­op a $76 mil­lion project in Bel­mont. The project calls for 322 units, includ­ing apart­ments and town­hous­es, and would be com­plet­ed in late 2023 or ear­ly 2024. The project is the first between the two companies. 

The devel­op­ment will include 32 town­homes, along with a mix of one‑, two‑, three-bed­room apart­ments. A name for the project was not announced. 

We are excit­ed for this invest­ment, as it rep­re­sents a tremen­dous oppor­tu­ni­ty to lever­age Bel­mont’s con­tin­ued growth as an increas­ing­ly desir­able sub­mar­ket with lim­it­ed sup­ply,” said, David Wlek, man­ag­ing direc­tor of acqui­si­tions at Ori­gin Invest­ments. “The sub­mar­ket’s 99% occu­pan­cy rate, lim­it­ed pipeline, and a pro­tract­ed approval process pave the way for con­tin­ued strength in the mar­ket and strong per­for­mance for our investors.” 

The project will be on a 39-acre site at 6900 Wilkin­son Boulevard. 

That is the same site where Kaplan Res­i­den­tial pre­vi­ous­ly intend­ed to devel­op a project called The Mor­ris at Bel­mont while part­ner­ing with Char­lotte-based Cat­a­lyst Cap­i­tal Part­ners. In 2019, the devel­op­er won rezon­ing approval for the project, the Char­lotte Busi­ness Jour­nal report­ed at the time, which called for 325 apart­ments. Cat­a­lyst was not men­tioned in yes­ter­day’s announce­ment for the project. 

The project is the lat­est for Kaplan, which focus­es on mul­ti­fam­i­ly and build-to-rent devel­op­ments in the South­east. The devel­op­er has offices in Atlanta and Mia­mi. Ori­gin Invest­ments is head­quar­tered in Chica­go but has region­al offices in Nashville, Ten­nessee, and Dal­las, accord­ing to its website. 

We are pleased to part­ner with the Ori­gin Invest­ments team as fee devel­op­ers to bring this project and addi­tion­al time­ly, build-to-rent con­cepts of life,” said Mor­ris Kaplan, founder, and pres­i­dent of Kaplan Res­i­den­tial. “Togeth­er, we will pro­duce devel­op­ments that fit the rapid­ly-evolv­ing renter demo­graph­ics and deliv­er need­ed lux­u­ry ameni­ties and expan­sive floor­plans in mar­kets we serve.” 

Developers break ground on major mixed-use redevelopment in Plaza Midwood

By Liz O’Con­nell — Staff Writer, Char­lotte Busi­ness Journal

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A ground­break­ing cer­e­mo­ny was held today for a rede­vel­op­ment project that will bring retail, restau­rants, office space, apart­ments, and a bou­tique hotel to the site of Cen­tral Square in Plaza Midwood. 

City offi­cials, devel­op­ers, and oth­er part­ners gath­ered today for the ground­break­ing cer­e­mo­ny of the Com­mon­wealth project in Plaza Midwood. 

The mixed-use devel­op­ment from Crosland South­east and Nuveen Real Estate will bring retail, restau­rants, office space, apart­ments, and a bou­tique hotel to the cur­rent site of Cen­tral Square. It spans 12 acres at Cen­tral and Pecan avenues. Project lead­ers released ren­der­ings for Com­mon­wealth in September.

A hand­ful of cur­rent Cen­tral Square ten­ants are expect­ed to remain onsite. the ABC store at Cen­tral Square tem­porar­i­ly closed on Oct. 30 to accom­mo­date the rede­vel­op­ment project, but it is expect­ed to reopen in ear­ly 2022. The Roast­ing’s Co.‘s loca­tion at Cen­tral Square was among the most recent clo­sures there, shut­ter­ing Nov. 14, fol­low­ing Eliz­a­beth Bil­lards, Sam­my’s Deli, and Yama Izakaya.

The joint ven­ture pur­chased the site in Novem­ber of 2020 for $50 mil­lion, the Char­lotte Busi­ness Jour­nal pre­vi­ous­ly reported. 

Once com­plete, the 383-unit apart­ment com­plex is expect­ed to bring near­ly 500 res­i­dents to the area and about 3,000 employ­ees to the 150,000 square-foot office space that will be part of the Com­mon­wealth, Bob­by Speir, senior vice pres­i­dent of acqui­si­tions at Crosland South­east, said today.

Char­lot­teans took to social media with a range of opin­ions when the news of the rede­vel­op­ment first broke. Some claimed the devel­op­ment would take away from the Plaza Mid­wood’s iden­ti­ty or his­to­ry would be lost.

But Coun­cil­man Larken Egle­ston, whose dis­trict cov­ers Plaza Mid­wood, said he has been adamant about keep­ing the neigh­bor­hood’s his­to­ry alive with this devel­op­ment since its inception.

I think there is a lot of ben­e­fit to (Com­mon­wealth) and change is always met with a mixed bag of reac­tions,” Egle­ston said. “But there is a lot of good com­ing out of this.”

The site includes two vin­tage build­ings that were once home to a Cole Man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty. Egle­ston believes those build­ings are among the old­est in the neighborhood.

When the project was first being dis­cussed, many devel­op­ers said pre­serv­ing those build­ings would be hard work, Egle­ston not­ed dur­ing the event. But Egle­ston, who backs the idea of pre­serv­ing his­toric build­ings, said some things worth doing are bound to be hard, ulti­mate­ly lead­ing to Crosland South­east land­ing the project. 

Speir spoke dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny about the site’s his­to­ry and how the vin­tage build­ings will set the project apart. Aside from the build­ings, the site is where the late Rev. Bil­ly Gra­ham pro­fessed his faith in Christ at a tent revival at what is now the Cen­tral Square park­ing lot, Speir remarked. 

Com­mon­wealth will give a nod to the past while also look­ing to the future, Speir said. The new build­ings will include bal­conies over­look­ing the his­toric struc­tures, for instance. A curved road will also be built on the site in such a way to high­light the 100-plus-year-old buildings. 

The mixed-use devel­op­ment will include micro-retail oppor­tu­ni­ties, murals from local artists, and green wall instal­la­tions. A main street con­nect­ing to Cen­tral and Pecan avenues will be added, mak­ing the devel­op­ment a walk­a­ble live-work-play area.

The first phase of con­struc­tion is expect­ed to be com­plete in the spring of 2024. a sec­ond phase is slat­ed to kick off in 2023. 

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$72 Million Apartment Building Coming To West Charlotte

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A $72 mil­lion apart­ment build­ing is com­ing to the FreeMoreWest area of Char­lotte, through a joint ven­ture with New York City-based GTIS Part­ners and Atlanta-based Wood Partners.

The five-sto­ry, 308-unit build­ing will fea­ture more than 260,000 square feet of res­i­den­tial area and 429 park­ing spaces.

The new devel­op­ment will be locat­ed at 2016 W More­head St., across the street from Legion Brewing’s planned West More­head loca­tion and half a mile from the pop­u­lar Pinky’s West­side Grill. The project is sched­uled to be com­plete by mid-2023.

The prop­er­ty was pur­chased by Alta West More­head in August for more than $3 mil­lion, accord­ing to Meck­len­burg Coun­ty prop­er­ty records. Wood Part­ners also devel­oped the near­by Wes­ley Vil­lage apartments.

The FreeMoreWest neigh­bor­hood in Char­lotte, cen­tered at West More­head Street and Free­dom Dri­ve, is in one of Charlotte’s Oppor­tu­ni­ty Zones. The pro­gram offers tax ben­e­fits to investors in des­ig­nat­ed Oppor­tu­ni­ty Zones, includ­ing 17 in the Char­lotte area.

Oppor­tu­ni­ty Zones, a Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump-era pro­gram, had been hailed as a way to bring invest­ments into pre­vi­ous­ly neglect­ed areas across the coun­try. But com­mu­ni­ty activists in Char­lotte and around the U.S. have said the gov­ern­ment pro­gram may increase gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in those areas, push­ing low-income res­i­dents out.

And Meck­len­burg Coun­ty already faces a short­age of afford­able hous­ing, the Observ­er report­ed ear­li­er this month.

GTIS spokesman Josh Pristaw did not say whether any units would be set aside for afford­able housing.

The project will not be leas­ing for sev­er­al years, but we antic­i­pate tar­get­ing the hous­ing needs of the exist­ing com­mu­ni­ty,” Pristaw said in a state­ment. “Rent lev­els will be deter­mined based on the mar­ket at the time of delivery.”

GTIS Part­ners has invest­ed in 14 deals locat­ed in Oppor­tu­ni­ty Zones, accord­ing to a state­ment from the joint venture.

The loca­tion in a rapid­ly grow­ing area of Char­lotte, near uptown and the Car­oli­na Pan­thers’ Bank of Amer­i­ca Sta­di­um, was a dri­ving fac­tor for the project.

Amid a surge in com­mer­cial devel­op­ment, with more than 430,000 square feet of new retail and office spaces in the neigh­bor­hood, res­i­den­tial home prices in that area have been pushed up by 22% annu­al­ly from 2015 to 2019, accord­ing to a state­ment from GTIS Part­ners and Wood Partners.

The build­ing will fea­ture a range of ameni­ties, includ­ing a fit­ness cen­ter, club room, resort-style pool, court­yard, dog spa, and a vir­tu­al concierge.

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Pho­to cour­tesy of Roof Above
Roof Above has received $1 mil­lion from Lowe’s to help trans­form an old hotel into 88 apart­ments for peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness in Char­lotte, Katie writes. Con­text: Roof Above announced plans last Decem­ber to buy the old Qual­i­ty Inn at the inter­sec­tion of Clan­ton Road and I‑77 to turn into per­ma­nent hous­ing. Ulti­mate­ly, the prop­er­ty will oper­ate like Moore Place, a 120-unit com­mu­ni­ty that opened in 2012 and pro­vides afford­able hous­ing, on-site case man­age­ment, and med­ical care for Char­lot­teans expe­ri­enc­ing chron­ic home­less­ness. Details: Con­struc­tion on the hotel is under­way and the project is antic­i­pat­ed to be com­plete by ear­ly 2022, Roof Above said in a state­ment Thurs­day. The hotel rooms are being ren­o­vat­ed and con­vert­ed into stu­dio apart­ments with their own kitchens. Lowe’s is also pro­vid­ing appli­ances for each unit at a dis­count­ed rate. Ten­ants will pay a third of their income toward rent, per Roof Above.
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Centro Cityworks, Ascent Real Estate Capital to begin construction on South End apartments

Centro Cityworks and Ascent Real Estate Capital will develop 132 apartments and 7,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space at 222 West Blvd.

By Ash­ley Fahey 
Real Estate Edi­tor, Char­lotte Busi­ness Journal 

Two Char­lotte real estate firms are prepar­ing to break ground on their sec­ond apart­ment project in the South End area after clos­ing on the land Thurs­day afternoon.

Cen­tro City­works and Ascent Real Estate Cap­i­tal paid $4 mil­lion for a por­tion of the land at 222 West Blvd., in the Wilmore neigh­bor­hood, accord­ing to Meck­len­burg Coun­ty real estate records. They will devel­op 132 apart­ments and 7,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space in a project called Cen­tro Square. It’s part of a larg­er mixed-use devel­op­ment, The Square at South End, led by Bea­con Part­ners. The project is the sec­ond for David Fur­man’s Cen­tro City­works and Ascent Real Estate Cap­i­tal, which devel­oped Cen­tro Rai­l­yard on Win­nifred Street. The apart­ments and retail space wrap a park­ing deck for the res­i­den­tial units and Bea­con’s office com­po­nent, sim­i­lar to what will be built at The Square.

Bea­con last sum­mer broke ground on a 10-sto­ry build­ing at The Square, which will include about 150,000 square feet of office space. Bea­con is also work­ing with Meck­len­burg Coun­ty Park and Recre­ation to build the 1.5‑acre Wilmore Cen­ten­ni­al Park as part of the over­all project.

Jon Dixon, man­ag­ing prin­ci­pal at Ascent Real Estate Cap­i­tal, said Cen­tro Square will include about 90 stu­dio apart­ments, two-bed­room units and town­house-style rentals that will face what will become Wilmore Cen­ten­ni­al Park.

Centro Square is part of the larger mixed-use development, The Square at South End, led by another Charlotte firm, Beacon Partners.

The Cen­tro Rai­l­yard project includ­ed small­er-than-aver­age stu­dios in the 400-square-foot range. Dixon said the stu­dios at Cen­tro Square will also be on the small­er side, between 400 and 467 square feet.

Con­struc­tion on Cen­tro Square will begin next week, with an expect­ed unit deliv­ery in about 18 months, Dixon said.

The ground-floor retail space at Cen­tro Square will offer small­er com­mer­cial spaces to pro­vide com­par­a­tive­ly afford­able options in what’s become pricey South End.

Dixon said both the apart­ments and retail space at the Cen­tro Rai­l­yard project are almost ful­ly leased. Ten­ants that have signed on at Cen­tro Rai­l­yard include Hex Cof­fee, olpr., The Cac­tus Club, CLT Bou­tique and Glo­ry Days Apparel.

Par­tic­u­lar­ly post-Covid, peo­ple are much more con­scious about the cost of the rent,” Dixon said of the retail space. “There are real­ly no oth­er options at this price range in South End.”

Aaron Ligon at Ascent Real Estate Part­ners will lease the retail space at Cen­tro Square. Axiom Archi­tec­ture is the project archi­tect. Edi­fice is the gen­er­al con­trac­tor. Atlantic Union Bank is the lender.

$81 million Apartment Development proposed near Ballard High School

The $81 mil­lion project has been pro­posed on 19 acres Hagan Prop­er­ties has owned for years at 2020 Herr Lane near Bal­lard High School in Louisville’s East End.

Hagan Prop­er­ties Inc. on Mon­day unveiled plans for the 520-unit Prov­i­dence Point apart­ments. The $81 mil­lion project has been pro­posed on 19 acres Hagan Prop­er­ties has owned for years at 2020 Herr Lane near Bal­lard High School in Louisville’s East End. The com­plex will house a mix of one‑, two- and three-bed­room units in mul­ti­ple build­ings on the site.August 03, 2020By Mar­ty Finley

Louisville’s Hagan Prop­er­ties Inc. is ready to tack­le one of its most ambi­tious projects to date.

The local real estate devel­op­ment firm on Mon­day unveiled plans for the 520-unit Prov­i­dence Point apart­ments. The $81 mil­lion project has been pro­posed on 19 acres Hagan Prop­er­ties has owned for years at 2020 Herr Lane near Bal­lard High School in Louisville’s East End.

The com­plex will house a mix of one‑, two- and three-bed­room units in mul­ti­ple build­ings on the site. The apart­ments, which will fea­ture upscale ameni­ties such as design­er cab­i­netry and quartz coun­ter­tops, will be joined by com­mu­ni­ty ameni­ties, includ­ing a fit­ness cen­ter, dog parks and green space.

In addi­tion, with the changes that Covid is bring­ing to the indus­try, Prov­i­dence Point will have touch­less access ele­va­tors, UV fil­tered HVAC sys­tems in com­mon areas, flex­i­ble ‘We Work’ style space and many indoor flex areas in the club­house for res­i­dents to use as some peo­ple shift to work­ing more from home, but still need a ‘third place’ for escape from the home office,” Hagan Prop­er­ties Pres­i­dent Wendy Hagan said by email.

Hagan Prop­er­ties will han­dle the devel­op­ment, leas­ing and prop­er­ty man­age­ment for the com­plex while HCC, a major­i­ty female-owned con­tract­ing com­pa­ny led by Wendy Hagan, will serve as the gen­er­al con­trac­tor. Char­lotte, North Carolina.-based Axiom Archi­tec­ture will han­dle the design.

We have been wait­ing for a num­ber of years for the tim­ing to be right to start on this project. While there are many new com­mu­ni­ties under con­struc­tion, we believe that Prov­i­dence Point offers a unique loca­tion and great com­mu­ni­ty ameni­ties such as shop­ping, din­ing and access to schools,” Hagan said by email.

Pro­ject­ed lease rates and a full devel­op­ment time­line have not yet been disclosed.

Hagan Prop­er­ties said sev­er­al devel­op­ers had unsuc­cess­ful­ly tried to rezone this land before it stepped forward.

A pri­or pro­posed devel­op­ment called for 175,000 square feet of retail and office space and hun­dreds of con­dos, but the finan­cial down­turn of 2008 and the cost of off­site improve­ments made that project non­vi­able, the com­pa­ny said.

As part of its pro­pos­al, Hagan Prop­er­ties is plan­ning to com­plete $5 mil­lion to $6 mil­lion worth of off­site improve­ments to pub­lic infra­struc­ture, and the com­pa­ny will pur­sue indus­tri­al rev­enue bonds to pay for those upgrades. Pro­posed work includes con­struc­tion of a region­al basin to serve 88 acres of the area’s water­shed, sig­nal­iza­tion improve­ments and a new traf­fic sig­nal and road improve­ments to Herr Lane, includ­ing the instal­la­tion of an addi­tion­al lane from Wes­boro Road to the new traf­fic signal.

This sto­ried prop­er­ty will sat­is­fy this area’s demand for apart­ments for many years to come and the road improve­ments we are mak­ing will sig­nif­i­cant­ly aid in alle­vi­at­ing the grid­lock that Bal­lard High School expe­ri­ences dur­ing peak hours,” Layson Hagan, a mul­ti­fam­i­ly devel­op­er with Hagan Prop­er­ties, said by email.

Hagan Prop­er­ties has a num­ber of oth­er major projects in the works locally.

The firm is fin­ish­ing up the 470-unit Vic­to­ry Knoll apart­ment com­plex on the East End near South­east Chris­t­ian Church, which has been esti­mat­ed to cost $68 mil­lion. Hagan Prop­er­ties also built the 356-unit 9910 Sawyer Apart­ments, a sprawl­ing upscale apart­ment com­plex that backs up to E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

And the firm is invest­ing about $48 mil­lion into a 344-unit apart­ment com­plex on 19 acres at 8000 and 8006 Cedar Creek Road. About 90% of that com­plex will fea­ture one and two-bed­room units while the remain­ing 10% will be three-bed­room units.

Mean­while, the firm is slat­ed to break ground lat­er this year on The Sta­tion @ Mid­dle­town, a new apart­ment com­plex with more than 300 units near the Mid­dle­town Sta­tion shop­ping cen­ter, which it owns. That project is expect­ed to cost near­ly $50 mil­lion. Hagan Prop­er­ties also owns the Shel­byville Road Plaza and Tay­lorhurst shop­ping cen­ters in Louisville.

Apartment project adding ‘micro-units’ in South End nears completion

A project in South End that has most­ly small­er-than-aver­age stu­dios — some­times called micro-units — has begun pre-leas­ing. Cen­tro Rai­l­yard, which wraps the park­ing deck for The Rai­l­Yard devel­op­ment on the Win­nifred Street side, includes 91 apart­ments, two-thirds of which are stu­dios mea­sur­ing about 400 square feet. The project is some­what unique for Char­lotte because of its below-aver­age unit sizes and few on-site ameni­ties, a hall­mark of most lux­u­ry mul­ti­fam­i­ly devel­op­ments that have been built, espe­cial­ly in South End. 

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