If you’ve been down South Boulevard in recent months you’ve seen the big Pepsi Bottling industrial building. It’s a fantastic visible and accessible location, and plans are now in the works to take full advantage. Chris Helsabeck with Lennar Multifamily Communities was on hand at a South End development meeting Wednesday to give a few updates about what’s in the works for the site. Here’s what we know.
- Pepsi has used the industrial site since 1938. It first was a bottling facility and now is a distribution site.
- The building will be vacated in March 2016 and the work moved up to Harrisburg.
- That leaves a 5.2 acre parcel with regular borders ripe for redevelopment.
- Lennar has already rezoned the land to mixed-use.
- The new Harris Teeter is being constructed across the street.
About the plans
The west side of the development backs right up to the Charlotte Rail Trail and the New Bern station of the Lynx Blue Line, and the community will take full advantage.
Of the 350 apartment homes, a large number of them will open up onto the trail, complete with direct entry and front stoops. The apartment amenities will also be over here, including a transit lounge and fitness center.
The rest of homes will be on the north side of the property, closer to the Colonial Reserve apartment complex. Plans call for ample green space breaking up the five- to seven-story buildings. There will also be a pedestrian crossing connecting the trail and South Boulevard.
The retail space will be along South Boulevard and New Bern Street. Two main buildings and a parking garage.
Formal site plans haven’t been published yet, but design aficionados love the ideas. Look for ground to break in June or July and for the project to be completed by mid to late 2018.
(Photo credits: Top two photos come from Google Street View)