Some saw an abandoned iron factory. We saw alchemy. Since its birth as Queen City Foundry in 1920, the site has had a sort of magical transformation into more than 60,000 square feet of commercial space for a variety of distinctive creative local businesses.
The Beauxwright team in partnership with Jon Dixon at Ascent Real Estate Capital acquired The Foundry in 2014, an adaptive-reuse commercial project that offers a collective of creative office, workshop and retail spaces. For our team and the other businesses who call it home, it’s the combination of a historic site with the distinctly new attitude of Uptown Charlotte’s Third Ward that makes it so special.
Now, with office spaces available for lease, you can join the creative community of businesses that thrive in The Foundry. Here are the top four reasons Beauxwright chose to not just acquire The Foundry space, but make it the home of our corporate office.
1. Get the benefits of working Uptown with none of the hassle.
If you’ve tailgated for a Carolina Panthers game near The Foundry, you know how convenient the Uptown location is. But unlike the rest of Uptown, there’s free, accessible parking (on non-game days, of course). During the work week, staff, vendors and customers can find the spaces they need in manageable surface lots just steps away from your front door. No parking decks. No endless labyrinths of concrete.
And with proximity to four major interstates, commuting and inviting potential clients to your space just got easier.
2. Find creative space with a history and a powerful future.
Office space in The Foundry is as unique as your business, and we’ve worked to preserve the history and architecture of Queen CityFoundry. The two metal buildings the company opened in 1928 are the only ones on South Cedar Street not constructed from masonry, and are a significant example of the importance of Third Ward industrial buildings and the role they played in the evolution of the city.
Today, Bank of America Stadium is more than a gorgeous part of the view from The Foundry.It represents the massive public infrastructure investments, and growing institutional ownership of surrounding parcels. On the horizon are the LYNXSilver Line light rail extension and the arrival of Major League Soccer as the area becomes the centerpiece of Charlotte’s up-and-coming Entertainment 3. Good food is right next door.
3. Good food is right next door.
The Foundry enjoys a direct connection with many ofCharlotte’s economic and cultural hubs, such as Johnson and Wales University and the Gateway Village mixed-use development. But as an office space where you’ll be spending time, there are also great options for food and drinks.
You don’t even have to leave The Foundry to grab sweets at Potts Chocolate or lunch (or happy hour)at Clutch Kitchen & Pour House.You’ll also find your new favorite cup of coffee just across the street at Community Matters Cafe, an extension of Charlotte Rescue Mission that also serves up breakfast and lunch. The proximity to a major greenway means you’re just a short walk to even more options in the surrounding neighborhood.
4. It’s a place to grow not just your space but your network.
With four buildings and a variety of suites in the 61,000square foot space, there is room for your business to grow. After acquiring TheFoundry, Beauxwright launched a capital improvement plan to transform the expansive open-area atrium, providing tenants with even more flex space for informal meetings or lunches, a place to relax or a location to host company gatherings.
You can also grow more than your square footage at The Foundry. Fostering a community of businesses inspires collaboration. The openness of the space itself speaks to this community-oriented philosophy.
Ready to join us in an environment as pioneering as your business? Find the office to fit your needs in our Uptown community of entrepreneurs.