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Advent Coworking is finishing up a project that will greatly expand its space in the Belmont neighborhood.
The company leased more space in the old Kellogg plant at 933 Louise Avenue to put in 23 private offices that will hold between two and five people in each.
The offices are between 30 and 40 percent booked already. They should open in June.
Advent has also signed a fairly high-profile new tenant: Tech Talent South.
The coding school will move its operations to a classroom space in the Advent addition.
Expect more growth in the future.
Advent is looking at another 3,500 square feet on the ground floor of its building, plus another potential 8,000 square feet upstairs.
Catawba Brewing’s new taproom and production facility in the Belmont neighborhood is nearing completion.
“We’re getting really close,” said general manager Tanya Birch as she unloaded the first shipment of kegs from the Catawba HQ in Morganton. They also have two locations in Asheville.
The taproom spans 10,000 square feet, complete with two different bars. One will have 40 taps, and the other will have 32 taps.
There’s also a semi-private room that will be open to the public most of the time, but able to be reserved for small events. It opens straight out onto the patio with a skyline view.
The production facility is on the smaller end of Catawba’s sites. Catawba plans to do more experimental projects here.
Expect Catawba Brewing in Charlotte to open in early to mid-May.
Reminder: The location is at 933 Louise Avenue, right near Advent Coworking.
This building used to be a Kellog plant. Catawba has salvaged one of the old signs and hung it on the wall that leads to the bathrooms.
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It seems these days that homebuilders are putting up townhouses around Charlotte almost as fast as multifamily developers are putting up apartments.
Townhouses typically attract buyers in the two largest population sectors — first-time homebuyers and boomers looking to downsize. Townhouse projects have been developed in all parts of Charlotte, including infill sites, urban-suburban mixed-use projects and traditional single-family neighborhoods.
PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE:PHM) has been one of the more active homebuilders in the Queen City in the townhouse development space. Its recently developed communities include Park South Station in south Charlotte, Midwood Square in Plaza Midwood and Central Park near Ballantyne.
There are several more in the works. Pulte is building 58 townhouses at Pappas Properties’ South Village project near the Lynx Blue Line Scaleybark Station. Just this week, Pulte went before Charlotte City Council at its April zoning meeting for a public hearing on a proposed 95-unit townhouse community on Starmount Cove Lane, near South Boulevard. Members of City Council expressed multiple concerns with the project’s design, parking, site accessibility and density.
Jon Cherry, local division president for Pulte, said the homebuilder is interested in developing sites in central Charlotte. He declined to name specific other projects in the works but noted that Pulte is interested in the north side of Charlotte near the light-rail extension.
The next one on deck for the homebuilder will be in the Belmont neighborhood, at the intersection of East 10th Street and Seigle Avenue, just outside of uptown. Nearly 6.6 acres at that corner, which sits next to Piedmont Open IB Middle School, have been actively marketed for almost a year. Pulte has plans to begin redeveloping that site, which is mostly surface lots, with 126 townhouses by the end of the year.
“We have a community about three blocks away,” Cherry said, referring to Midwood Square on Lamar Avenue in Plaza Midwood. “That was highly successful for us. We certainly love all the amenities that area offers.”
Pulte has chosen an active intersection. Diagonal to the proposed Belmont community, to be called Central Point, a self-storage project with ground-floor retail called Belmont Mills is under construction. The site of Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church, at the southeast corner of the intersection, was sold for $3 million late last year to a development-management company, which plans to eventually redevelop the site with commercial uses. And a 190-unit mixed-income community, The Vistas @ 707, opened in 2015 at the northwest corner.
Belmont as a whole has seen some traction lately. Catawba Brewing Co. is wrapping up its 10,000-square-foot upfit at 933 Louise Ave. Laurel Street Residential is developing a residential community at 1322 Allen St., which will include 60 units of senior housing, 29 townhouse-style units and 23 garden-style apartments. And that neighborhood has become a hot spot for local home-flippers.
Pulte’s Central Point project will include a mix of three- and four-story units starting at 1,800 square feet. Cherry declined to estimate the price points of the units.
Groundbreaking is expected by the fourth quarter of 2017, with the first residents moving in by the end of 2018.
“We’ve been focused on the bookends of buyers — obviously, we do really well with what we refer to as ‘move down in place,’ where (buyers) can find a location that suits their needs in their (neighborhood), and the entry-level buyer,” Cherry said. “Not to mention, we still have our core family business in the middle. I think it’s been a good spring.”
If you ask Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent Amanda Wommack about a particular Charlotte neighborhood, she’s probably lived there. “I moved into Belmont in 2004. I got married in 2008 and moved to Villa Heights and when my child started school at Highland Mill Montessori in 2014, I moved to NoDa,” says Amanda. Whew, we are tired already. We asked this expert packer upper to share more about these historic and popular Charlotte neighborhoods.
Belmont, Villa Heights and NoDa all started as working-class suburban neighborhoods for textile mill workers. This certainly adds to the charm of the homes and it is easy to see why people enjoy living here. “I love that I can walk through all these neighborhoods and experience the history of the city’s past with old mill homes and textile mills from the early 1900s,” says Amanda. See? History isn’t boring, it makes a great place to live.
Neighborhoods of today
Who knew these small mill town communities would become so popular? “Buyers are attracted to the old mill homes, bungalows, sidewalks, amazing views of Uptown, wraparound porches, coffee shops, restaurants, breweries, music venues and so much more,” says Amanda. Of course, all this walkability and the excellent location are pushing up home prices. In March 2017, the average sales price of a single family home in Noda and Villa Heights was close to $365,000, says Amanda. In the same month, the average sales price of a single-family home in the Belmont neighborhood was $249,000 compared to $130,000 in March 2015. That doesn’t mean you can’t get in these neighborhoods, but working with an agent who knows the area can make all the difference.
Looking toward the future
With the Blue Line extension planning to open in March 2018, more development is coming to these areas. Over 2,000 new apartments have been approved between Uptown and 36th Street Station in NoDa including 344 apartments at 36th St. (with a second phase of 23,000-square feet of retail and a mixed use) and Crescent Noda with 200 apartments and 5,000-square feet of retail.
Importance of preservation
With constant development comes the importance of preservation. “One thing I am most excited about in all of this new development is how these neighborhoods are preserving and honoring the history of the mills and mill houses,” says Amanda. She points to renovated mill homes and small businesses along N. Davidson now housed in mill facilities. “Innovative architects are turning these small mill houses into modern masterpieces,” she adds.
Want to keep the conversation going with Amanda? Contact her today. She is always ready to share what she loves about each of these unique neighborhoods in Charlotte and why you might be ready to call one home. We are guessing she can also give you some packing tips.
An old store that police called a magnet for trouble in one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods will soon be getting a new life.
Developers have until April 21 to submit their plans for Farrar’s grocery store in the Belmont neighborhood.
The city of Charlotte bought the store on Belmont Avenue and a garage across the street in 2014 and neighbors who’ve been waiting for changes are excited.
“We are just excited,” said Vicki Jones, president of the Belmont Neighborhood Association. “We feel like this development is going to be a catalyst for development along this corridor.”
Jones said she could see anything from a fresh foods store to restaurants, housing, and possibly a type of community center as part of the redevelopment.
Belmont has seen many changes over the last few years including new housing that has been moving in with more is on the way.
But that has some longtime residents worried that they won’t be able to afford to live there anymore, and they wonder if redevelopment of the old store will continue that trend.
“This is how you ask yourself, ‘What’s that building going to be? What’s going to bring the most money?” asked a woman who did not want to be identified.
The city would not say what is coming to the site at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Harrill Street until they can review all of the proposals.
Jones said she would like to see work begin on the project by the end of the summer.
Originally posted on WSOC TV by Mark Becker on 04/10/2017
The original story was published by the Charlotte Business Journal by Jennifer Thomas.
This brewery expects to wrap construction on its Queen City space this month.
That means the Catawba Brewing Co. should start pouring its first beers soon after, says Billy Pyatt, co-founder of the Morganton brewery.
“Things are ready to go as soon as we get those approvals,” Pyatt says.
The brewery will occupy 10,000 square feet at 933 Louise Ave. in the Belmont neighborhood, near Plaza Midwood.
For Pyatt, the facility represents a $1 million-plus bet on the Queen City.
Catawba announced last fall that it was expanding its footprint in Charlotte, after selling beer in the market for the past 15 years.
“I’ve been a big fan of the Charlotte beer scene for a long time,” Pyatt says.
The 10-barrel brewhouse and tasting room will be Catawba’s fourth location — and its third brewery.
So what should you expect?
Catawba Creative Director Mary Mayo has created an industrial-chic feel in the 6,000-square-foot taproom.
The decor builds upon the fact that the space was the former Kellogg’s bakery facility, including its barrel vault ceiling.
Tables were created from reclaimed pallet wood and have steel insets. They’ve been stained chocolate malt. (Yes, Mayo used a sample from Catawba’s beer supplies to get a perfect color match.)
The bars are made from textured concrete.
The concrete floor remains — as do notices warning to watch out for fork lifts. The paint scheme draws in the gray and blue of Catawba’s logo. “Mod-squad” style chandeliers add character, Mayo adds.
Roughly 4,000 square feet is dedicated to manufacturing. The project will utilize brewhouse equipment previously used at the Morganton brewery as well as Catawba’s 22-ounce bottling line.
Pyatt says the project helps Catawba Brewing keep up with its ongoing growth, while addressing capacity issues.
It currently current operates a 30-barrel production facility and tasting room in downtown Morganton. It also has a 7-barrel brewery in Asheville’s South Slope area and a tasting room in Biltmore Village.
It expects to brew 13,000 barrels this year, with up to 100 different beers created. That includes the well-known White Zombie, a Belgian white ale, as well as chocolate stouts, sour and fruit beers and IPAs.
Foard Construction is the general contractor. Charlotte architecture and interiors firm D3 Studio has been tapped for the project.
In February 2017, the Historic Landmarks Commission voted to recommend that the Charlotte City Council designate the Red Front Department Store Building be a historic landmark in the Belmont community of Charlotte.
The property owners of 1125 Belmont Ave, Charlotte in the Belmont neighborhood are petitioning to rezone from the R-5 zoning district to MUDD-O (Mixed-Use Development District – Optional) zoning district. The purpose of the rezoning is to allow for the adaptive-use of the existing historic commercial building as an Eating, Drinking, and Entertainment Establishment (Type 2), brewery, retail, or residential use.
Dates to Remember:
Community Meeting for Interested Parties: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Plaza Midwood Library, 1623 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC
Community Meeting Letter to Residents: click here
Belmont Community Association Meeting: May 2, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Salvation Army, 901 Belmont Ave, Charlotte NC
City Council Public Hearing: May 15, 2017 at 5:30pm
Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC), 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC (Meeting Chambers)
Proponents and opponents of the proposed rezoning petition present comments before the Charlotte City Council and Zoning Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.
Zoning Committee Work Shop: May 30, 2017 at 5:30pm
Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC), 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC (Second Floor)
Following the public hearing, the Zoning committee of the Planning Commission renders their recommendation. this is a public meeting open to any interested parties but is not a hearing.
City Council Decision: June 19, 2017 at 5:30pm
Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC), 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC (Meeting Chambers)
The petition may be deferred at any time and this date may change.
Charlotte Planning web page for Rezoning Petition 2017-048: click here
Technical Data Sheet & Conceptual Site Plan: click here
Rezoning Community Meeting Presentation (03/28/2017):1125 Belmont Neighborhood Meeting Presentation
**Updated 03/22/2017 with Technical Data Sheet & Conceptual Site Plan
**Updated 03/30/2017 with Rezoning Community Meeting Presentation
**Updated 05/08/2017 with Public Meeting information
Originally posted on the Charlotte Agenda by Kylie Moore on March 20, 2017
During my latest round of apartment hunting, I found Vistas @ 707 via apartments.com. In my range for rent, in a convenient location and complete with the amenities I was looking for, I packed up and headed over for a tour.
Walking in, I was asked how much I made per year – a strange question, and one that I’d had yet to be asked. I told them, only to be shown the door because I made too much money to rent there.
I was dumbfounded. An apartment that looked just like mine, which I’m, admittedly, scraping by to afford as it is, that I made too much money to live in?
As it turns out, Vistas @ 707, located at 707 Seigle Avenue just on the other side of I-277 from Uptown, is part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
The program is in partnership with the Charlotte Housing Authority and is part of an effort to provide affordable living to those making less than 80% of area median household income.
“There are several different areas when it comes to affordable housing because you have public housing, which is based off of income, and then you have restricted income and neighborhood stabilization programs and section 8 housing and subsidies,” property manager April Kiker explained to me. “With this particular community, we don’t participate in any subsidies, but we are restricted income, which means that based off of how many people are going to be living in the house, there are guidelines as to what the limits are, so residents need to fall within that amount of money.”
There are two categories under which residents can fall: under 80% of area median income, which ranges from $37,550 for a one-person family to $62,200 for a 6-person family and under 50% of media area income, which ranges from $23,450 for a one-person family to $38,900 for a 6-person family.
Both are eligible for identical 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. The only difference between the two is that those above the 50% mark but below 80% are the only residents eligible for a studio.
It’s important to note that these qualifications were determined the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which means that the leasing office can’t make exceptions.
Rent for a resident at the 50% mark ranges from $650 – $951 while those at the 80% mark pay a bit more, with rents varying between $790 – $1,400. As at other apartment communities around the city, there are additional fees, like application and administrative fees as well as valet waste and pet fees.
And that’s where the differences between the Vistas @ 707 and an apartment in, say, Uptown, end.
The amenities are all there: residents enjoy a saltwater pool with a sundeck, yoga studio, fitness center, controlled access, modern kitchens, stainless steel appliances and plank flooring. And so are the residents, with most of the 190 units filled at a 92.63% occupancy rate, 95.26% pre-lease rate and a retention rate of 40%.
“When you really think about it, and think about all those different communities in Charlotte, why shouldn’t it be just as nice?” said Janette Hendershot, regional manager of RKW, the group that manages the community.
Take a look around:
Floor plans look just like any other apartment’s:
And so do, really, the apartments themselves. This is a one-bedroom:
Connect with Vistas @ 707
Original story posted on the Charlotte Observer by Steve Harrison here.
Plaza Midwood residents are pleading with the city to reduce the number of traffic lanes on Central Avenue and The Plaza to slow traffic and make the area safer for pedestrians.
The city, however, said it’s concerned that Central Avenue and The Plaza carry too many cars to lose a lane of traffic in each direction.
Putting a busy street on a “road diet” often involves removing a lane of traffic. Other options include adding on-street parking, medians or traffic circles that encourage – or require – cars to slow down.
The city removed lanes from Colony Road near SouthPark years ago, and did the same with East Boulevard in Dilworth in 2010. In late 2015, residents petitioned the city to shrink Parkwood Avenue in Optimist Park after a cyclist was killed. The city is studying ways to slow cars on Parkwood.
This latest request is the “Stroll and Roll Plaza Midwood” petition.
As it cuts through Plaza Midwood’s downtown, Central Avenue has four lanes of traffic, with two lanes in each direction. There are sidewalks on both sides of the avenue, but little room between the storefronts and the passing cars.
The Plaza also has four lanes, though there is more space for pedestrians. The sidewalks are separated from the road, and there is a grass median in the middle of the street.
“As we speak over 2,000 new apartment units are being added on Central Avenue,” Renee Bradley said at Monday’s City Council meeting. “The risk of accidents will only increase if we don’t address this problem immediately.”
She said Central Avenue and The Plaza should be considered neighborhood streets.
“Motorists who want high speeds should be directed to U.S. 74,” she said.
Bradley said the group doesn’t necessarily have to have fewer lanes on the roads. But she said she believes that’s the most effective way to slow traffic.
The Stroll and Roll website envisions bike lanes on the two roads, and crosswalks that are clearly marked with lights. The city wants to extend the Gold Line streetcar along Central Avenue, and Bradley said a more pedestrian-friendly street can still accommodate cars and streetcars.
Steven Talevski, who lives on The Plaza, said that street is also dangerous for pedestrians. He said he’s worried about the safety of his two children while crossing the street.
“There are no crosswalks,” he said. “There is a great deal of work needed in this area.”
Petitioners said nearby neighborhoods associations of Commonwealth-Morningside, Chantilly, Belmont and Elizabeth endorse the plan as well.
Danny Pleasant, who heads the Charlotte Department of Transportation, said streets that carry 20,000 vehicles a day or less are candidates for a road diet. Central Avenue and The Plaza are both busier, he said.
Pleasant said The Plaza carries around 24,000 vehicles a day. Central Avenue is busier, and could carry as many as 30,00 vehicles, he said.
“My gut reaction is it will be pretty tough (to reduce lanes on Central Avenue),” Pleasant said. “It’s a narrow roadway already and a pretty significant commuting corridor. We can look at slowing things down.”
He added: “The Plaza is also a pretty tough nut to crack.”
Pleasant said the city is moving forward with a plan to make Parkwood Avenue safer. Parkwood carries about 16,000 vehicles per day.
Three other roads are also being considered for traffic calming, though that might not include removing lanes: South Boulevard, South Tryon Street and West Boulevard.
Pleasant said the city is looking closely at West Boulevard.
“We think there are opportunities to do protected crossings,” he said. “We have had some unfortunate fatalities there that we need to respond to.”
Original story posted on Charlotte Five by Corey Inscoe.
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