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FreeMoreWest FEBRUARY 2015
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Wesley Height Development

At the last FreeMoreWest meeting, we were fortunate to have three esteemed guests, County Commissioner Vilma Leake, Dennis LaCaria, Sr. Assistant to the County Manager and Rossana Seitter from the Public Information office. They came to talk to us about their recent investment to purchase the former Charlotte School of Law building off Wilkinson Boulevard, part of a broader plan to redevelop some County-owned properties including the Hal Marshall building in uptown.

The County will pay $16 million for the 100,000-square-foot law school building and 10 surrounding acres from Merrifield Patrick Vermillion.

Contractually, the County can’t close on the law school property until August and LaCaria told us there will be a period of time to get the property ready for move-in.

Mecklenburg County plans to move most if not all of the staffers of the County’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) from Hal Marshall into the law school building. The building is big enough to hold 600 people, but since LUESA includes the code enforcement division, the County wants to build a spacious customer service center.

“We are trying to be thoughtful to develop a comprehensive master plan of assets, and trying to change the customer experience,” said Dennis LaCaria.

Mecklenburg wants to sell three valuable properties that include the 11-acre Hal Marshall property and the 5-acre Bob Walton Plaza on Stonewall Street and an acre near BB&T Ballpark.

The County says we can expect them to attend more neighborhood and business meetings and are seeking ways to gain input.

Wesley Height Development

DPJ Residential, led by D. Porter Jones, has purchased the long-vacant 1.6-acre parcel off Freedom Drive between Walnut & Woodruff Roads, across from Pinky’s, or the site of the former Pterodactyl (for those older Charlotteans). The plan is to break ground the week of February 24th for construction of a 77-unit “boutique” apartment community called Asbury Flats, named after Louis H. Asbury, an architect from the 1920s who was responsible for many of the historic buildings the still exist today throughout Wesley Heights. 

Wesley Height Development
Historic Architect,
Louis H. Asbury, Sr.

With only 77 units, the developer believes Asbury Flats will attract prospective renters who are seeking a more intimate and community-based living experience.  The complex will feature a salt-water swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, wi-fi/resident lounge, fully-equipped fitness center in a location that is highly walkable to numerous amenities, including the Stewart Creek greenway. The overall look and feel of the development will stay true to the roots of the neighborhood combining the industrial past with a modern flare.  Leasing is expected to start in early to mid-2016. 

Come to the Winter Drop In at LaCa Gallery on 2/26 and see more from Asbury Flats!

Wesley Height Development

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QUEEN CITY CATERING

The FreeMoreWest food scene just keeps getting better! Queen City Catering Company recently purchased a facility on Calvert Street for their new headquarters.  The rapidly-growing 4 year old company will move their warehouse and sales team to the facility after they facelift the whole building.

They have begun demolition and all permits are in place to create a full commercial kitchen and conference facility where they plan to have pop up restaurant “date night” dinners and cooking classes. Workers nearby can stop in and pick up box lunches and busy families will be able to call in and have pickup service for dinners for four to go.

We can’t wait to see the finished product!

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