This story was originally published December 15, 2016 and updated June 27, 2017.
Today, West Tremont Avenue is a quiet, mostly industrial street.
If you go there around, say, 5 p.m., you won’t find much activity. A few cars passing between Tryon Street and South Boulevard. A few people walking from an office building to their cars.
But in a few short years, this will be one of the more bustling West Tremont is set to transform into a hub of retail, restaurants, townhomes and office space. And the crown jewel: a new Common Market.
It’s easy to see why developers are clamoring over this street: It’s close to the Charlotte Rail Trail, the East/West Boulevard light rail stop, Sycamore Brewing and the Publix supermarket.
It’s also a major artery that feeds into Camden Road, a burgeoning retail district that’s eminently walkable. West Tremont is also steps away from all the work already in store at the nearby Atherton Mill.
“In five years, we think this will be the central hub of not just South End but perhaps the Charlotte community,” said Graham Worth, a partner in the new Common Market.
“The potential of a walkable neighborhood in Charlotte that captures restaurants, bars, retail, office and apartments is what we think will set this area apart from others down the road.”
Eight significant development projects will transform West Tremont over the next few years.
Here’s a run-down of the projects.
1) The new Common Market location.
If Common Market’s departure signaled the end of the Camden-Tryon-Park intersection’s reign as the heart of South End, Common Market’s arrival on West Tremont will signal its ascendancy.
This is going on the land that currently has the Carolina Prepress building.
The new Common Market will have 3,000 square feet inside, and 4,000 more outside.
2) Bang Bang Bites
This will have the same address as the Common Market and be a sister concept to Bang Bang Burgers. Look for this to open in February 2018.
This cocktail bar and restaurant will also be part of the Common Market development. Zeppelin will have a patio on Tremont and feature seasonal Southern small plates and craft cocktails.
4) Southend Court townhomes
This 18-unit community will be on land that is currently the old Carolina Foundry building.
Prices will be between $500,000 and $700,000.
5) New office building
This 83,000-square-foot office building will be on currently vacant land across from the defunct Tremont Music Hall. Executives of JLL, which is marketing the space, call the area a “high-energy corridor” that is “exploding with activity.”
6) Design Center redevelopment
This retail area recently changed hands and the new owners are going to restore the buildings and bring in new retailers. There’s already a few solid tenants there — like Pike’s Soda Shop — that make this area cool.
Asana Partners, which owns the property, has already announced two new restaurant concepts coming here: Superica and Barcelona Wine Bar.
7) Three30Five second phase
This project is on vacant land next to the existing Three30Five apartments. The second phase will have 104 units over four stories, plus 10,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space and 2,000 square feet of office space, according to plans filed with the city.
8) Pollack Shores apartments
This will be a 350-unit community at the current “Tremont Center.” There are also plans for 2,500 square feet of street-level retail.