Fri, 30 May 2008
May 30, 2008
Who would have believed that a new
Or that one of the nation's largest apartment developers would help jump start a
On top of that, a block-long commercial-residential redevelopment would help preserve a landmark in one of the city's hip neighborhoods, a “green” parking deck could include a green market and a continuing-care retirement community would be larger than one Mecklenburg town's biggest subdivision.
Here's an update on those five potential Next Big Things, all unveiled during the first five months of 2008.
Three Charlotteans formed Bourbon Boards earlier this year to sell wood, brick, limestone and fixtures from the Old Crow Distillery they own near
The interest in furniture and cabinetry crafted from the reclaimed wood is causing the partners to consider expanding the brand by finding other sources for the materials, Vieregg said.
Developer interest in
Post expects to close on its site and start construction by the fourth quarter of a $65 million, 400-unit apartment community.
The project – $26 million MercuryNoDa – is to include 130 residential condos priced from about $120,000 to about $300,000 in an initial six-story building at North Davidson and 36th streets.
Developer Foster said he wants to break ground when about 50 percent of the units are sold, hopefully by late fall of this year.
The sales kickoff was this week.
Bank of America needed parking spaces uptown, but the developer who responded to its request for proposals is offering much more.
Spectrum Properties plans to develop Center City Green, a 12-story, 1,400-space deck with condos, a restaurant and hopefully a green market across
The bank will lease 1,300 spaces for its employees.
“We're moving forward; we will break ground hopefully this summer,” said Spectrum's Steve McClure.
“People are registering on our Web site to get more information on the condos,” he said. “We expect to start marketing them in the spring.”
Spectrum tentatively plans 88 units priced from the $180,000s to the $280,000s.
The $60 million project would be completed by late 2009 with a goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
Maryland-based Erickson Communities wanted to be in Matthews so badly that it was willing to pay $3 million toward road improvements, donate park land to the town and make other concessions for its planned continuing-care retirement community.
So far, 80 people have signed a priority list to live in the first phase of Windsor Run, said Tom Senger, director of sales. About 75 percent of those are local, he said.
Windsor Run is expected to grow to more than 1,100 residences over more than five years on 83 acres of the Fincher Farm on
It would be a self-sufficient “town” with transportation, grounds maintenance, housekeeping, security, emergency response and other services for buyers age 62 and older.
Senger said Erickson expects to break ground in October on the estimated $150 million project and open 130 homes a year later.