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New renderings: South End Charlotte's mixed-use building

Queensbridge Collective, as it will be called, includes three buildings, with a mix of commercial and residential uses.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Riverside Investment & Development unveiled more details Thursday regarding a new 31-story building coming to Charlotte's South End.

The building will sit on a highly prominent block located at the intersections of East Morehead Street, Morehead Square Drive, South Tryon Street and East Carson Boulevard.

Queensbridge Collective, as it will be called, includes three buildings with a mix of commercial and residential uses, along with large, outdoor open spaces and dynamic retail.

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“Our latest update showcases how the project will set a new standard for what it means to live, work or play in South End or Uptown Charlotte,” Anthony Scacco, Chief Operating Officer for Riverside Investment & Development, said.  “The project‘s name and brand - Queensbridge Collective - describes how the development connects these two thriving urban centers, and enhances occupant quality of life via vibrant outdoor open spaces, dynamic retail, and cutting-edge sustainability, health and wellness features. We’re excited to continue our work to bring this project to life for the benefit of the entire Charlotte community.”

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The new development will sit on three acres and offer space for offices, retail, restaurants, an apartment community and a luxury hotel. Crescent and Nuveen say Carson South End will host 560,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of retail space. A 200-key luxury hotel is also in development with ABC Investments & Management, and more than 100 multifamily housing units are included.

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The South End area is seeing a boom in growth as businesses expand their footprint in the Queen City. However, some legacy businesses are being affected by the growth. Charlotte's Midnight Diner will be moved to Uptown from its current location, which is near the planned Carson South End development and where three total buildings will soon rise.

“It’s completely different, I can’t even recognize South End no more,” Midnight Diner employee Deshawn Williams said. 

“Midnight Diner has a spot in everybody’s heart, I don’t know of anyone who hasn't eaten at that restaurant," Chairperson for Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission Keba Samuel said. 

Samuel said there are two main reasons why developers are picking the area: its diverse business community and it's close to transit. 

“In terms of where people want to do business, eat, live and play, and it’s the primary spot that’s getting the most attention to be able to do all of that in one spot," Samuel said. 

Some people encourage the change, while others don't. 

“I actually kind of like it, it reminds me a little bit of back home in New York," Charlotte resident Aaron Simons said. 

“I feel like they’re always building its kind of unnecessary to be honest with you," Charlotte resident Devin Ham said.

Midnight Diner employees say while their location may change, they won't. 

"We’ve been here for so long it’s going to feel different but we'll be alright," Williams said. “Come to the diner aight nothin gonna change, same old same old!” 

The goal is to break ground this year.

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