February 12, 2008
City Life-Part 2
1.EpiCentreCollege and Trade Streets. Includes shops, restaurants, a hotel, entertainment and 210 Trade, a 53 story condominium tower.
2.Jackalope Jacks Moving from 7th Street location to an old Pecan Avenue Church in Plaza Midwood. Opening late 2008.
Bank of America is renovating Founders Hall to add room for street-level retail. Renovations to begin in spring and expected to be finished by the end of 2009.
4. Whole Foods MarketFocus on South Park location. No opening date.
5. MetropolitanThe $225 million project on Kings Drive will include shops, condos, offices, restaurants and shops. Target and Home Depot are open. Other retail including Trader Joe's and Best buy will be opening in April and continue through early 2009. The condo lofts will open in June; the terraces to open late 2008.
Quietly, or not so quietly, the old Midtown Mall also known as Charlottetown Mall, has redefined, re-created itself. Out with the old and in with the new…and this time it was done without tearing down a precious part of our history…a grand old home or a stunning and classic period building. This time, the creek was uncovered after fifty years, some small incidental shops and a service station were relocated and presto! The greenway emerges. I see Midtown as the best of both worlds at this point…a stunning mini-river walk, a mix of office and retail plus the best of Home Depot and Target…close to Uptown, close to classy in town neighborhoods… And as Second Ward takes on its own persona it will create a link between Uptown and Midtown that is amiable.The uncovering of the creek from a concrete parking area…the reclaiming of the green space…and the versatility and ambiance of Midtown, plus it’s strategic location put it heading for “jewel” in the Queen City crown. I love this city!
Lynnsy Logue, The Real Estate Lady and Condo CanDo, Charlotte, NC