Wed, 16 April 2008
April 16, 2008
• Size: 12-story parking deck to include condos, a restaurant and a green market.
• Location: 2-acre site bounded by Fifth, Sixth and
• The condos: 88 units, 560 to 960 square feet, priced from the $180,000s to the $280,000s. Green features to include eco-friendly finishes such as cork, recycled glass, bamboo, compact fluorescent lighting, and energy-saver appliances.
• The restaurant: Developers are aiming for a health-conscious eatery featuring wholesome dining.
• The green market: Developers are working with Charlotte Center City Partners on a year-round market featuring fresh vegetables, fish, meats and dairy products -- all sold by local vendors.
• Parking: Condos with balconies would be constructed beside a 1,400-space deck. Glass elevator towers and a helix -shaped parking ramp add artistic elements.
• Design: Developers will seek LEED silver certification and include such green features as bicycle storage, showers and changing rooms.
• Development team: Spectrum Properties, developer; LS3P Associates Ltd., architect; BE&K Construction, general contractor; Bank of America, lender.
• Timetable: Groundbreaking by late June; completion by fourth quarter of 2009.
Developers are trying to improve the uptown streetscape by hiding or disguising parking decks. Here are some examples:
This garage and several of its contemporaries helped changed the public's perception of uptown as a giant office park and made it more attractive for the residential resurgence under way in the center city today.
• Wachovia created The Green, a lively, 1.5-acre park atop an 860-space parking garage on
• Bank of
• At other uptown projects constructed since the city adopted screening rules in the 1990s, parking garages such as the one at the 46-story
• Wachovia's First Street Campus under construction at Tryon and Stonewall streets conceals about 2,200 parking spaces beneath a 48-story office tower.
Doug Smith: Charlotte ObserverThe full article is on Condo News at www.condocando.com