Looking Ahead to 2017April 24, 2017 12:28 pm
Happy New Year! Charlotte’s Center City ended 2016 with a flurry of activity including: Shoptopia pop-up retail events, South End’s Holiday Gallery Crawl, Sip and Shop at the 7th Street Public Market, December’s Uptown Crawl and the beautiful CLT NYE celebration and fireworks show at Romare Bearden Park. Charlotte continues to build on that momentum in 2017 with major improvements to public transit infrastructure in the Historic West End and Uptown as well as exciting new construction projects in Uptown and South End.
The additions to our transit system are going to be enormous. This weekend the LYNX Gold Line breaks ground in the Historic West End. The extension of the street car line into this neighborhood is going to be a game changer for the neighborhood, attracting business and development to one of the city’s vibrant, urban neighborhoods. In August, the CATS Blue Line doubles in length, stretching into north Charlotte with an additional 9.3 miles of needed service to commuters in the city. The maturation of our public transit system continues to help attract diverse talent for our businesses and real estate investment in the Center City.
The outlook for commercial, residential and retail construction projects remains strong throughout Charlotte’s Center City in the new year. Office and hotel construction projects and ground floor retail renovations will continue throughout Uptown in 2017. In South End, retail is taking off with new tenants are moving in along Camden Road and Tremont Avenue with major investments at Atherton Mill and the Design Center. Office construction is also underway there, specifically on Camden Road, South Tryon Street and South Boulevard, with even more planned in the future. (For additional details, see the South End Development Report here.)
With these positive developments, 2017 looks to be an exciting and prosperous year. As always, we are looking forward to working with our partners across Charlotte Center City to help realize the full potential of the city for the betterment of everyone.