Transit, adaptive reuse and a new frontier: a preview of the Sugar Creek district


Development activity around Charlotte’s Lynx Blue Line Sugar Creek Station is heating up. What was once a heavily industrial corridor is transforming into a transit-oriented new frontier. Beauxwright is excited to play a part in this boom with our NoDa Junction townhome community, currently under construction.

Charlotte-based Flywheel Group — along with Beauxwight and a number of other partners — has led the charge, assembling nearly 83 acres surrounding Sugar Creek Station, located just one mile north of the popular 36th Street and North Davidson Street intersection. Residential, office, retail and arts and entertainment destinations all are planned to be part of the mix, including Charlotte’s newest large-scale music facility.

If you visit this area today, you’ll see a lot of activity: new construction as well as the adaptive reuse of legacy industrial buildings. You’ll also experience the vision for the area — still in the early stages — through a number of unique venues. And all are currently accessible from the Sugar Creek Station.

The Independent Picture House

Currently open, The Independent Picture House is a nonprofit community cinema operated by the Charlotte Film Society. Screening diverse, foreign, arthouse and independent films, this venue opened in June 2022 and features three screens. The Independent Picture House will host the Charlotte Film Festival from September 28 through October 2, 2022.

Charlotte Art League Gallery

Adjacent to The Independent Picture House in the Trailhead Arts Building, the Charlotte Art League Gallery offers a unique mix of open working studios, classes and community outreach programs, along with a public gallery. Charlotte’s oldest nonprofit arts gallery, it is “open to emerging artists, professional artists, art educators, art patrons, and anyone else committed to the vital role that the arts plays in building a strong, vibrant and diverse community.” The Charlotte Art League Gallery is open, and you should check it out!

Digital Arts Accelerator

Just above the Charlotte Art League Gallery, you’ll find the Digital Arts Accelerator. This learning and working space currently features two podcast studios, a high-tech conference room, working studios for local digital artists, a photo and video production studio, as well as a coworking facility for digital artists.

The Pass

Atlanta-based Third & Urban is well underway with The Pass, located directly on the light rail at the Sugar Creek Station. With an 80,000-SF commercial, adaptive reuse first phase, The Pass preserves the character and architectural features of four adjacent buildings, while thoughtfully modernizing the site. A vibrant mix of creative office and retail will connect through outdoor spaces. The initial phase is slated to be complete in spring of 2023. A 335-unit residential second phase will begin construction in early 2023.

Grubb Properties Class A/AA Office Project

Grubb Properties is building the NoDa neighborhood’s first Class A/AA office project on East 36th Street, between North Davidson and North Tryon. The building will be adjacent to the CATS Blue Line, and is a welcome addition to this booming district. It will feature 100,000-plus square feet of commercial space along with 10,000 square feet of retail. Stay tuned.

NoDa Junction

Beauxwright’s NoDa Junction townhome project is slated to begin vertical construction in fall 2022, with the first homes expected to be available in mid-to-early 2023. NoDa Junction is just a quarter-mile from the Sugar Creek Station, providing easy access to Uptown Charlotte, UNC Charlotte and South End. Working in partnership with the Pulte Group, the 4.29-acre community will offer 68 three-story 16’ wide single family attached townhomes. For current information, visit the Beauxwright website.

The Sugar Creek district will be a vibrant living, entertainment and work destination, and Beauxwright looks forward to sharing more details as the vision is realized.

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