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Brewery eyes expansion, will tap Charlotte’s event scene

This brewery is already expanding its footprint in the Queen City.

Catawba Brewing Co. has signed a deal for an additional 4,300 square feet in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood — less than a month after opening its doors.

Inside the private event space at Catawba Brewing Co.’s Asheville location in downtown Asheville.

The new space sits adjacent to the brewery’s $1.6 million, 10,000-square foot brewery and taproom at 933 Louise Ave. That location was formerly home to a Kellogg’s bakery facility.

“We knew we didn’t have an ideal private space, and we knew this space could be good,” says Billy Pyatt, co-founder of the Morganton brewery.

There’s a need for unique private event space in the neighborhood and Charlotte, says Catawba Creative Director Mary Mayo.

“There is a shortage of private event space in the brewery setting. We really want to occupy a niche,” she says.

The goal is to create a setting that is elegant, over-the-top and memorable.

Mayo envisions creating a roughly 3,500-square-foot ballroom that offers a mix of rustic and industrial chic. Walls will be lined with 300-plus barrels — used as part of Catawba’s barrel-aging program. Think brown velvet curtains, chandeliers, existing barrel roof and a detailed wood bar with a header and carvings.

Space will be set aside for catering and a dressing room.

Mayo sees the space serving as a music venue early in the week with well-known, but smaller-scale bands. Corporate events such as quarterly sales meetings can run throughout the week. And weekends largely will belong to bridal parties and those types of gatherings looking for a unique space.

“In a lot of ways, breweries have become the new community centers,” Mayo says.

That space should be ready to host its first events by late October. Mayo is offering a 50% discount for those that book before the venue opens.

Otherwise, prices vary based on the day of the week and time of event.

Foard Construction is the general contractor on the project.


Originally posted in Charlotte Business Journal by Jennifer Thomas on June 2, 2017.

More townhouses are planned near uptown

A developer is planning to build 23 new townhouses on vacant land just east of uptown, according to a rezoning plan filed recently with the city of Charlotte.

CapRock LLC is seeking to rezone the 1.16-acre site – adjacent to rail tracks and between Seigle Avenue and Harrill Street – from industrial to residential use.

A preliminary site plan shows the townhouses built in five buildings, including two quadplexes, arranged around a private street. The buildings could be up to three stories tall. An illustrative rendering shows houses with modern architecture with rooftop decks.

A CapRock official couldn’t immediately be reached for more information. The company has developed townhouses previously in Charlotte, including at Peridoe, a development that backs up to the greenway near uptown.

Charlotte City Council will consider the proposal and vote on it in the coming weeks.

The site at Harrill Street is currently vacant.

Originally posted by the Charlotte Observer by Ely Portillo on May 18, 2017



More Information on the Rezoning is available:

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Rezoning Petition: Van Every and Seigle Avenue

The developer is proposing a townhome development in the Belmont Community on Van Every, Harrill, and Seigle Avenue.


Dates to Remember:

Belmont Community Meeting Presentation: June 6, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Salvation Army, 901 Belmont Ave, Charlotte NC


Additional Information:

Developer: CapRock LLC

Land Use and Zoning Consultant: Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Acreage: ± 1.16 acres

Existing Zoning: I-2

Proposed Zoning: UR-2(CD)

Existing Use: vacant

Proposed Uses: Up to 23 attached dwelling units together with accessory uses, as allowed in the UR-2 zoning district.

Maximum Building Height: A maximum building height of three (3) stories and up to 40 feet.

Parking: Parking as required by the Ordinance will be provided.

Proposed site plan and elevations submitted to the city with the rezoning application: click here


Recent News:

05/18/2017 “More townhouses are planned near uptown” – Charlotte Observer: Click here


Charlotte neighbors address affordable housing in city manager’s budget

Charlotte leaders on Tuesday discussed key points of a $2.4 billion city budget proposal with neighbors at the Belmont Regional Center in north Charlotte.

Affordable housing and gentrification were front and center for residents during the discussion.

Like many neighborhoods near uptown Charlotte, the Belmont neighborhood is changing and gentrifying, with many older residents being pushed out because they can no longer afford to live there.

Charlotte has almost 1,900 affordable housing units and the goal is to reach 5,000 within the next three years. The city manager’s budget provides $6 million to help reach that goal.

City Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield said it will be important to make sure the city’s growth doesn’t leave some residents behind.

“People come to the city for opportunities, and we are growing very quickly, so there will never be enough. Are we on the right track? Yes. We are instituting some initiatives in this budget that you haven’t seen in 20 years,” Mayfield said.

Some people at the meeting told Channel 9 that they’d like to see more than 5,000 affordable housing units in Charlotte.

The $6 million slated for affordable housing will be voted on by the City Council at the end of June.

Originally posted on WSOCTV May 2, 2017 by Mark Becker

First look: 12 gorgeous photos of the new Catawba Brewing Charlotte taproom

First look: 12 gorgeous photos of the new Catawba Brewing Charlotte taproom

Catawba Brewing is opening its Charlotte brewery very soon, and if you’re not already excited about it, these photos should get you there.

The brewery hasn’t set an official opening date, but it could be as soon as this weekend, according to General Manager Tanya Birch. Stay tuned to CharlotteFive’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates on the official opening.

In the meantime, check out these photos of the taproom from photographer Justin Driscoll.

Here’s what we know about the Catawba Charlotte brewery:

– The brewery will occupy 10,000 square feet at 933 Louise Ave., the same building that holds Advent Coworking and Codescape.

– This will be Catawba’s fourth location, after the main facility in Morganton and two in Asheville.

– In addition to its core beers, like White Zombie, Catawba will brew small batch beers in the Charlotte brewery.

– There are more than 50 taps in the taproom, split between the main bar and a second bar that will have some great skyline views.

– “We’ll bring a little of what you know from us in the mountains, which tends to focus on the outdoors, to Charlotte,” said Billy Pyatt, who, along with his wife Jetta Pyatt and brother Scott Pyatt, opened Catawba Brewing in 1999. “Only here, we’ll tie in our new outdoors with views of the city from our taproom and patio.”

– Read more about the brewery in our preview story from December.

Now let’s look at some more photos of this gorgeous taproom.

When we learn the official opening date we’ll share it on our social media.

Photos: Justin Driscoll

Advent Coworking’s expansion is nearing completion

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.


@techtalentsouth via Instagram

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.

Peek inside Catawba Brewing’s new Charlotte location, set to open in May

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.


Photo via Google Maps

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.

Check out the video preview:

126 New Townhomes to Be Built at 10th and Seigle in Belmont

The nearly 6.6-acre site at East 10th Street and Seigle Avenue will soon be redeveloped with 126 townhouses by Pulte.

The nearly 6.6-acre site at East 10th Street and Seigle Avenue will soon be redeveloped by Pulte.

The original story was featured in the Charlotte Business Journal on April 20, 2017 by Ashley Fahey.

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.”

Belmont? Villa Heights? NoDa? This agent has lived in all three [Charlotte Five Partner]

The original story appeared on Charlotte Five By CourtneyMcLaughlin on April 11, 2017.

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.

Historic places

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.

Development could bring revitalization to Charlotte crossroad

Vacant convenience store at 1035 Harrill Street (formerly the Farrar’s grocery store)


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


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