Five years after the Charlotte Coliseum was imploded, something new is taking shape on the land where the Hornets used to play.
Oxford Properties of Atlanta will break ground in the next two weeks on what will be a three building, 282-unit apartment complex. Oxford bought the property from Pope & Land, which plans to develop the rest of the property into shops, offices and more places for people to live.
“We came to Charlotte with a vision,” said Pope & Land VP Mason Zimmerman. The entire first phase of the project, called City Park, was already under contract in 2007, but the rezoning took longer than the developer thought, and when the site was finally ready, the recession was in full swing.
“This is the resurrection,” said Zimmerman. The apartments, he said, should be finished next year.
There will be a nod to the old coliseum at City Park. The trees that were planted as part of the landscaping designed by artist Maya Lin will stay, and the developer has commissioned a piece of art made from pieces of metal from the coliseum.
Article by WCNC