New food hall will be ideal love child of 7th Street Public Market and Music Factory

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If the Music Factory, Atherton Mill and 7th Street Public Market had a gorgeous (and massive) love child, it’d be Tompkins Hall.

What’s Tompkins Hall? It’s a giant three-story, 134,748 square foot space with an industrial loft vibe, rooftop bar and food hall currently under construction. It’s scheduled to open in Q2 of 2018 between NoDa and Uptown in a neighborhood named Optimist Park.

It’s becoming hard to get a seat at 7th Street Public Market and Atherton Market. Turns out, Charlotteans love walking, shopping and eating in giant cool spaces (surprise, surprise).

This is good news for fancy developers White Point Partners (Charlotte) and Paces Properties (Atlanta) who are about to make piles of cash developing Tompkins Hall.

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Tompkins Hall will be our version of Atlanta’s Krog Street Market. Except cooler.

Inside Krog Street Market, you’ll find a dumpling restaurant, craft cocktail bar, florist, chocolate shop, prepared meal store, women’s boutique, Asian steamed baos restaurant, soap store, butcher shop, pizza beer shop, pet store, BBQ restaurant, bakeshop, fried chicken restaurant ice cream and more. The market is typically open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You get it – it’s everything under one roof. Expect the same from Tomkins Hall.

Located in the Optimist Park, the neighborhood between Uptown Charlotte and NoDa, Tompkins Hall was formerly a turn-of-the-century textile mill.

Developers will keep the industrial vibe. There’ll be hardwood floors and 14+ foot ceilings. The current building’s bones are gorgeous.

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current photo of the main hall

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The development will have 83,005 square feet of creative office space, 31,514 of restaurant/retail and a 20,229 food hall.

They’ll be a ton of indoor, outdoor and even rooftop seating.

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rooftop view from Tompkins Hall

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Tompkins Hall will be an easy two-minute drive from Uptown and the development will have over 600 parking spaces.

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail will stop at Tompkin Hall’s Parkwood Station.

Oh, and there’s also a pedestrian and bike trail that’ll eventually link the Tompkins Hall to First Ward Park and the Rail Trail. 

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A 225-unit apartment community is planned nearby. In total, there are 3,400 apartment units existing or planned close to Tompkins Hall.

Floor plans

Ground floor: Tap room & event space, restaurant and bar.

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First floor: Office,  food hall, restaurant and retail.

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Second floor: Office and rooftop bar.

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If you’re a home buyer or investor, now may be the right time to purchase property in the Optimist Park or Villa Heights area. If you’re a retailer, business or restaurateur you can also lock in space early.

If executed correctly, Tompkins Hall will become a creative hub for the next generation of Charlotte. I’m excited.

(Note on renderings: although this is the most current and up to date set of drawings, they are subject to change)

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