South End is located immediately south of Charlotte’s center city area and is well-served by the Blue Line light rail line. South End is centered around four light rail line stations. The opening of the light rail in 2007, was a major contributing factor to the changes we’ve seen in Charlotte. The light rail continues to be a driving force for even more change and growth further south along its Blue Line path.
The formerly industrial zoned area had been populated mainly by freight lines, textile factories, and warehouses. Yet has seen ongoing changes towards a modern mixed use area with apartments, townhomes, breweries, restaurants, shopping and office spaces. All of which are convenient to Charlotte’s center city area.
Located in the heart of South End, The RailYard will be the latest mixed-use development for the area of Charlotte just a few miles south of Uptown. The architect, David Furman, has designed plans which pair together Charlotte’s modern edge with its rich rail history.
The design incorporates masonry, glass and ornamental steel to pair that history with a contemporary architectural design. The 3.5 acre site on South Tryon Street will include two eight-story buildings with Class A office space combined with restaurants and retail on the ground level.
The welcoming outdoor courtyard with seating and space for public events, such as live music, could add another nice flare to the South End scene by keeping its historic feel while also bringing some modern change to the South End skyscape. I for one am excited to see this completed!
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