In summertime, things tend to slow down a bit. School is out, traffic is thinner and beach vacations beckon. But someone forgot to tell the folks Uptown. There are so many exciting things happening right now in Uptown, it’s a great time to invest in this part of Charlotte. We have many fantastic listings to show you, some that are shockingly affordable. You might want to jump in now before these development projects are complete.
Seventh and Tryon Redevelopment
After a two year delay, the main library building on N. Tryon Street will be demolished in late July, and construction of the new state-of-the-art library will begin shortly after. The library closed in 2021, but the project was delayed primarily due to the complexity of the design process and the rising prices of labor and materials, according to Axios. The new Uptown library is expected to open in late spring of 2026.
The main library project is part of a larger plan known as the Seventh and Tryon redevelopment project. It will breathe new life into the N. Tryon corridor which includes Spirit Square. It will include residences, shops, an office tower, a walkable plaza and sidewalk cafes.
Northpond Partners is renovating the property currently known as Packard Place at 222 S. Church Street. Once complete, it will be known as The Stuward, which is a nod to the building’s history with the Studebaker-Packard Corporation, according to WBTV. Plans include an updated exterior and a refreshed first floor common area that will be designed to mimic a boutique hotel lobby. It will have all-day food options and lots of seating areas. Upstairs, The Stuward will have creative office space. It should be complete in early 2024.
Northpond is also renovating The Alley, formerly known as Latta Arcade. Among the options here will be The Dumpling Lady and Wentworth & Fenn bakery. The company is working on other new, local food and beverage vendors.
Queens Bridge Collective
Construction is underway where Uptown meets South End on what could be a transformative project called Queens Bridge Collective. It includes two towers, a 42-story building for residences and a 35-story building for offices. The residential tower will go up first, and some of the amenities include a co-working space, banquet rooms, a restaurant, an outdoor fitness area, and a dog run. It will also have an acre of outdoor green space, a rooftop park and retail that anyone can access. The first tower is expected to be completed in 2025.
Why do we call it Uptown?
In most cities, the central business district is called downtown, but in Charlotte, we call that area Uptown. And, we don’t do it just to be different; the name actually has tangible meaning. According to legendary weatherman Larry Sprinkle from WCNC, if you walk toward the center of the city – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets – you’ll notice an incline. It’s slight on Tryon but more elevated on Trade. So, the center of town is literally up. In 1974, the Charlotte City Council made a proclamation to officially name the central business district Uptown.
Anyone who calls it downtown is probably new to the area. They probably also use Hellmann’s on their sandwiches and haven’t ever had a Cheerwine. If that’s you, or someone you know, c’mon over to our place. Our brokers know Charlotte like nobody else.