A neglected neighborhood is given new life through the completion of the ambitious mixed-use project, Metropolitan at Midtown. The project team’s efforts turned an abandoned 14-acre site of Charlotte’s first enclosed mall into a thriving retail center with condos, restaurants and offices that total almost one million square feet.
The retail complex, totaling 130,000 SF, features a Home Depot, Super Target, and its attached six-level parking deck with escalators. Choate also constructed several of the stores within this complex including, Best Buy, Marshalls, and Staples and performed interior upfits for smaller retail stores, such as Modern Salon and Spa.
The two condominium towers, MetLofts and MetTerraces, comprise the residential portion of the development. These luxury condominiums are the model of urban living with city views and high-end interior finishes. Residents enjoy the high ceilings, open floor plans and expansive windows, as well as the convenience of shops and restaurants along Metropolitan Avenue. MetLofts contains 60 units; MetTerraces has 41 units.
Vivace Italian Restaurant is a trend-setting eclectic interior upfit along bustling Metropolitan Avenue. The open two-story floor plan has light oak floors contrasting with the grays, browns and oranges of the seating spaces and lighting systems, which imbue a modern vibrancy. Leather panels, stainless steel cable railings, and solid ash and marble bar tops are just a few of the other high-end features of Vivace.
Metropolitan Offices is essential to the success of this mixed-use project. The 193,000-SF, high-rise tower recently achieved LEED Silver certification from the Green Building Certification Institute for its sustainable construction and energy efficient systems.
Choate continues to perform office upfits, incorporating custom features and high-end materials. Cherry Bekaert and Holland (24,667 SF) occupies the ninth and tenth floors of the office tower. Pappas Properties (3,513-SF) features custom veneered wall paneling, custom millwork, stone flooring, and custom light fixtures. Silverton Bank (8,756 SF), a third interior upfit within the office building, features custom millwork and trim.
Choate earned two “Excellence in Construction” Awards for this project from the ABC of the Carolinas for its high-level of Safety, Quality and Innovation.