Wish this article were more complete. They presented the renderings without discussion of any phasing for the project. It seems pretty likely this will not all be built at once.
I'm guessing the 14 story tower the article mentions is the left-most building in this rendering, also shown in this other one:
So I'm assuming if phase one includes three buildings and a parking deck, that means the two buildings to the lower right of the aerial view are in a future phase. This implies phase two could include a 20-30 story tower (shown in rendering but not mentioned in the article).
A few other thoughts:
- Timber! Nice.
- Theater will be great, but I hope it doesn't kill the Carolina.
- Grocery store a huge plus.
- I hope the way they're phasing this gives some sense of enclosure to the campus. I think the building in the middle of the bottom row in the aerial view will be very important to creating the feel of an urban campus; otherwise, the courtyard won't feel like a courtyard -- it'll be wide open to the street until the last two buildings are constructed.
- I hope they don't place ALL of the retail on the interior. One of the worst aspects of ATC is how it turns its back to the street to create a completely internalized experience. This is a chance to mitigate that a little and contribute to the streetscape of Willard St.