Motel in Uptown Charlotte to be torn down in advance of new residential, retail development

December 10, 2014 12:53 pm

An Uptown Charlotte motel located at 601 N. Tryon St. will be torn down this month to make way for future development. Novare Group, Grubb Properties and Batson-Cook Development Company recently purchased the property on which the motel sits, and are making plans to build a second Skyhouse residential tower with complementary retail.

The first Skyhouse Uptown apartment community for Charlotte, currently under construction at 10th & Church St., will include 336 residential units and around 500 new residents. The targeted occupancy date is early summer 2015.

“The demolition of this motel is not simply an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ moment,” said Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “This represents a host of new opportunities for the North Tryon corridor and a forward-thinking relationship between these partners. If their plan is fulfilled, we would see more than 1,000 new residents and nearly 30,000 square feet of retail on this important block.”

The timing coincides with work on the North Tryon Vision and Implementation Plan, currently in progress. The primary goal of the plan is to re-energize the North Tryon area of Uptown, capitalizing on existing amenities and organizations to leverage an innovative, proactive and coordinated development strategy. The plan will address the area’s urban design and infrastructure needs and formulate ideas and strategies to create a shared vision that will catalyze development and bring new life to the area.

Twenty-one organizations from the public, private, education and non-profit sectors have signed on as investors for the plan, and have chosen project consultant team MIG Inc. + Snøhetta to lead. The North Tryon Vision and Implementation Plan will be complete in 2015.

Before the motel is completely demolished, Novare Group will allow the Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to use the property for training exercises, including roof cutting practice and charged door breaches.



Clay Grubb, CEO, Grubb Properties

“We’re excited that Skyhouse is sparking a transformation of the entire North Tryon corridor and are looking forward to the development of the entire block. It underscores Grubb Properties’ commitment to provide an unmatched urban living experience for Charlotte residents, particularly the growing millennial generation. Grubb Properties is proud to partner with premier developers Novare Group and Batson-Cook and leading community groups such as Charlotte Center City Partners and Friends of Fourth Ward.”


James R. Borders, President, Novare Group

“We and Batson-Cook Development Company are excited at how well our partnership with Grubb Properties is bringing the entire block together.  The ‘before and after’ here will be transformative.”


Bryan F. Howell, Vice President, Parkway

“Parkway is proud to be part of this monumental event that serves to provide significant momentum for the transformation of North Tryon.  We are also grateful to have been involved with this exceptional team to create a pathway for what will prove to be a world-class redevelopment initiative.”



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