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Gateway West groundbreaking ceremony set for Thursday

CHARLOTTE — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this week for the mixed-use Gateway West project just west of uptown Charlotte, although construction on the project has already begun.

Construction company Balfour Beatty will hold the ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The five-story, roughly 500,000-square-foot project, which will include 8,000 square feet of retail space and 290 apartments, is expected to be finished by February of 2014, according to Balfour Beatty. Plans also call for a 334-space parking deck.

Beth Hernandez, Balfour marketing director, declined to provide project costs.

Hernandez said construction on the 2.8-acre site began in August. The groundbreaking ceremony was put off because the Gateway West site had to be shut down during the Democratic National Convention, she said.

In addition to apartments, Hernandez said, Gateway West will feature a cyber café, a lounge, an exercise room and a theater. The residential portion of the project will feature an elevated pool deck with views of uptown, a private courtyard and a demonstration kitchen.

Faison and Sereo Group, both based in Charlotte, are the project’s developers. Urbana Urban Design and Architecture, also based in Charlotte, is the designer.

Payton Guion can be reached at payton.guion@mecktimes.com, (704) 817-1344 or on Twitter at @paytonguion.

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