South End building boom heats up

South End building boom heats up

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two more large apartment buildings are slated for construction in Charlotte's South End neighborhood.

Camden Property Trust tells NBC Charlotte it plans to build a 10-story, 324-apartment building at the corner of West Boulevard and Camden Road, and a 266-apartment building at the corner of South Boulevard and Iverson Way.  Camden already owns two large apartment buildings in South End.

Currently, South End has seven apartment buildings under construction, according one development expert, and five more in the advanced planning phases, including the Camden properties.

"The neighborhood was at 96 percent occupancy," said Ted Boyd with Center City Partners.

Boyd says the recent explosive construction was part of the long-term plan to develop properties along the Lynx blue line.  But as the light rail started, the economy sputtered, leaving projects on pause.  Now both old and new projects are breaking ground.

The Camden-West Boulevard project will begin with tearing down several old buildings at the corner.  Tenants and people who work in the buildings say they were told two weeks ago that they'd have be out by the end of January.   But they say it came as little surprise.

"The light rail's right here.  There's a ton of other apartments in the area, and social life is right down the road," said Angela Bowling, who works for a construction company displaced by the Camden-West Boulevard building.

Down the block, shopowner J.P. Sabie gets to stay put.  He said he looks forward to the increased business.

"It makes it more of a place to be, a hang out area.  Right now, come five or six o'clock at night, this place shuts down," Sabie said.

Both Camden Trust Property buildings are slated to break ground in summer 2013.

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