Yet another mixed-use development has been proposed for the SouthPark area of Charlotte. The Charlotte Business Journal and the Charlotte Observer reported June 23rd that a Florida-based developer has proposed a $78 million project on a 2.7-acre site at 4401 Barclay Downs Drive. The site is surrounded by SouthPark mall, Reid’s Fine Foods and McCormick & Schmick’s. The property is between Carnegie Boulevard and Bulfinch Road and is currently occupied by an office building. The building would be removed as part of the redevelopment.
The project, called Hazel SouthPark, is set to be a showpiece for the area with six stories, up to 266 residential units, 15,000 square feet of retail and a 9,400 square-foot clubhouse and amenity space. Amenities will include a pool deck, fitness center, entertainment kitchen and lounge.
The Hazel SouthPark project will have one, two, and three-bedroom units ranging from 980 to 2,375 square feet. Highlighted features include gourmet kitchens, separate dining areas, spacious closets, built-in cabinetry and private balconies.
ZOM, an award winning Florida based developer was founded in 1977. They have been involved in numerous single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, office, retail and mixed-use projects. ZOM has similar projects in other urban markets including Arlington, VA, Orlando, FL and Houston, TX. This will be their first project in the Carolinas. The developer sees tremendous opportunity in the Carolinas and has opened an office here.
ZOM has filed for the rezoning of the site from office space to mixed-use development. A public hearing on the rezoning is expected in November.
ZOM mainly focuses on highly walkable city center locations that are convenient to work, retail, entertainment and culture. They join a host of other developers trying to redefine SouthPark to be a walkable village. Traffic congestion and inadequate infrastructure have become problems for the area as the number of people who work in SouthPark has increased from about 30,000 in 1995 to about 70,000 today. If this vision is fully realized, SouthPark could be truly magnificent.