CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Panthers fans may have lost a coveted parking spot on game days, but on the flip side, something bigger and better is on the way to replace the old buildings along Morehead street near the stadium.
It's all about location, location, location.
The row of buildings has been rundown for quite some time, but soon the stretch between Church and Mint may become Charlotte's next restaurant row.
"We've had a ton of interest already from soft goods retailers, restaurants, and bars. It's an interesting location for restaurant users because it's the gateway into South End, but right on the edges of Uptown," said Adam Williams, a commercial real estate advisor.
He’s working with a developer out of Toronto who has a vision for what the block will look like.
"We envision a promenade of retail mixed with restaurants and rooftop terraces. We’ll illuminate that area. Right now it's quite dark," said David Laren with Larendale Group of Companies.
What's unique about the project is that the old buildings will stay right where they are which will add value and character to what they soon will become.
"If you look at some of our peer cities like Greenville, Asheville, and even Charleston, they've done an excellent job of preserving some of their older buildings and back filling them with retail," said Christopher Hemans with Charlotte Center City Partners.
That’s something that you don't see too much in the Queen City.
"The bricks, the exposed ceiling, those are things you can never duplicate,” said Laren.
They’re still working on which restaurants and shops will fill this space.The total project is 20,000 square feet.
View Morehead Retail renderings in the photo gallery attached.