A new master-planned project is coming to southwest Charlotte after a long delay. The project was originally rezoned by The Ghazi Company 13 years ago, but the recession derailed the plans so nothing has been done to it again until now. The developers, which also include Woodhaven Development Group, have altered the plans for the site since the original rezoning petition. They should provide needed services in a rapidly growing area of the city.
The original plan for District on Tryon called for a putt-putt golf course, rope swings, social house and market, rock climbing wall, and movie area. This is from a marketing package produced in 2017. There are bound to be changes since the marketing package was put together.
What we know so far is that developers will soon break ground on the project that should include around 75,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. There will be either offices or a hotel near the intersection of South Tryon Street and West Tyvola Road. The site currently has a 7-11 and a Dunkin’ Donuts should be opening soon. The rest of the tenants have not been announced or have not been secured yet. There could be restaurants, shops, medical offices, general office space, residential units and more.
This area of town is booming with growth, but has been a long time favorite for many people in the city due to the proximity to Renaissance Park, home to the Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course. The park also has 6.5 miles of bike trails including mountain biking courses, championship level disc golf, sand volleyball, tennis, softball and more in 145 acres.
Also in the area are now over 6,000 residents in apartments within a mile of the project. These tenants join the many homeowners in the area to make high demand for retail. City Park (where the old Hornet’s arena was located) has covered some of that demand with shops like Starbucks and Panera Bread. That project is on the other side of the park, and also includes three hotels, and additional apartments still in development.
One of the draws of this area of town is proximity to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. This also means quick access to highways I-85 and I-77. This is sure to draw great tenants as well as customers. Costco is close by as well as lots of shopping options along South Boulevard which means that for someone out running errands, this spot is easy to add to the list.
Also in the area are many churches, the Police and Fire Training Academy, schools, and Little Sugar Creek. Public transit is another draw for people living in the area around District on Tryon. This area is currently served by the Sprinter Enhanced Buses which connect to the Lynx Blue Line light rail which connects to many other parts of the city including Uptown Charlotte. There is a current study in place to eventually provide service in the area from the cityLYNX Gold Line streetcars. No official word yet on when that service will be up and running.
With groundbreaking on District on Tryon happening soon, expect the first phase of development to be complete by the fall. The additional phases should wrap up construction in 2022.