Planned tower will continue evolution of Charlotte skyline
An 18-story office building is planned for South Tryon Street as part of the huge Legacy Union development, with consulting firm Deloitte as the anchor tenant. It’s the latest in a flood of construction that’s transforming South Tryon and Stonewall streets. Located next to a 33-story office tower that’s under construction, the new building at 650 S. Tryon St. is planned for completion in late 2020. “We wanted to do something that was iconic in nature,” said Johno Harris, chief operating officer of developer Lincoln Harris. It’s the start of the second phase of a 10-acre, two-block development that will ultimately transform a big chunk of uptown land next to the Carolina Panthers’ stadium. Lincoln Harris officials said they’re in talks with potential hotel, multifamily and retail developers for the rest of the site. “We continue to have significant conversations with all types, whether that’s hospitality, or multifamily, or retail or even office,” said Harris. “There’s a lot of momentum and we’re excited about what comes next.” The Legacy Union development is underway on the former site of the Charlotte Observer, which relocated two years ago to the NASCAR Plaza office tower two blocks away. Lincoln Harris and partner Goldman Sachs bought the site for $37.5 million. Planning documents filed with the city show it could ultimately total 5 million square feet of residences, shops, hotels, office space and restaurants. Deloitte will lease the top four floors of the 650 South Tryon building, accounting for about 90,000 square feet of space. The building will total 362,000 square feet, including retail space facing South Tryon that could be shops or restaurants. Deloitte’s Charlotte offices are currently located across the street in the Duke Energy Center at 550 S. Tryon. “This move reflects an exciting new chapter in our rich Charlotte history,” said Theresa Drew, managing partner for Deloitte’s Carolinas practice, in a statement. Harris said the retail space in the new building will total about 10,000 to 11,000 square feet. Although they’re looking at restaurants and other food and beverage operators — which have dominated retail along Stonewall Street and much of uptown — Harris said there could be enough development now to lure some other kinds of stores. “We’re looking at everything,” he said. “You’re getting enough structure there to drive all types of retail, not just food and beverage.” Bank of America is the main tenant at 620 S.h Tryon St., the adjoining office building that’s under construction. That building should be complete early in the second quarter of 2019, Harris said.
Rendering of the planned tower at Lincoln Harris’s Legacy Union project.