STEELE CREEK NEWS
Corporate Center Addition to Feature Eight Towers
(March 22, 2008)
The Charlotte Observer reported last month that American
Asset Corporation planned to built eight office towers of twelve
stories or more in the mixed-use Phase Two of its Whitehall Corporate Center
to the southeast of the I-485/Arrowood Road interchange. (See
8 towers to lift suburban offices to a new level.)
This week the
developers met with the Steele Creek Residents Association Land Use
Committee to give an update on the plans.
site plan in the rezoning request (2008-053)
included eight office towers with 12 or more stories containing up
to 2.5 million square feet, significantly more that the 1.3 million
square feet that the current zoning allows. However, city planning
staff have requested they cut back to 1.8 million square feet.
Developers plan to propose reducing four of the buildings to seven
stories, bringing the total office space to 2.1 million square feet.
Four of the buildings
would line a plaza that would extend out from the 5-1/2 acre
Moody Lake. Walkways would circle the lake, and both the plaza and
lakefront would feature sculptures and gardens. The plaza could be a
site for outdoor community events.
Under revised plans, the
four buildings in the middle of this rendering would be
seven stories each. A plaza would be built between them,
extending from the lake.
Runoff from the plaza
and other impervious surfaces will be collected and treated before
draining into the lake.
The tall office
building at the northeast end of the lake, as well as the other
buildings on the northwest side of the lake, are allowed by current
zoning and are not part of this request. Construction on this office
building could begin within a year. Other buildings in this
area could house two hotels, restaurants, and shopping.
From 160 to 200
residential units are planned on the property to the southeast of
the office buildings. The units would be in three or four story
buildings and could be either rental of for dale units. The area
between this Whitehall Corporate Center property and Whitehall
Commons shopping center is already zoned for high density
The plan includes
several multi-story parking decks. Some of these will have retail
units on the edges, especially on the sides facing the residential
units, to make them less obtrusive.
The office buildings
and other buildings could house from 12,000 to 14,000 workers.
Developers will be obligated to provide road improvements to
Arrowood Road and the interchange with I-85, which could include
adding more lanes. Two entrances would have traffic signals.
Plans already are in
the works for adding another turn lane off Arrowood Road onto
Whitehall Park Drive and Phase One of Whitehall Corporate
Center. Left turns from Whitehall Park Drive onto Arrowood Road
would be prevented. An extension of Arco Corporate Drive to Sandy
Porter Road currently is under construction. This new road will
provide an alternate route to the closed left turn.
In support of city
requirements for connectivity, the main road through the development
would continue into the residential development to the southeast and
eventually to Whitehall Commons shopping center. The road would
bridge the shallow end of the lake. Infrastructure construction and
improvements on the property and on adjacent roads will cost in the
tens of millions.
Phase One of
Whitehall Corporate Center features several works of art, including
the spectacular Metalmorphosis. So artwork in Phase Two likely will
be significant assets to the community. (View a live webcam of
Due to continued
negotiations with city planning staff, the public hearing has been
postponed until June 16. Developers will hold a community meeting in
the area sometime before then. They hope for rezoning approval in
July. Construction could start within the year, but it could take up
to ten years to complete the whole development.