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Gateway West Apartments groundbreaking held

CHARLOTTE — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a five-story, mixed-used apartment project near Johnson & Wales University.

Gateway West Apartments should be built by the spring of 2014, according to Balfour Beatty Construction, the project’s general contractor, which said young professionals make up the demographic the project is targeting.

Rendering courtesy of Balfour Beatty Construction

The project, at the intersection of West Fourth Street and Johnson & Wales Way, is expected to feature 280 luxury apartments over two levels of parking and 8,000 square feet of retail space.

Plans also call for a private courtyard, a demonstration kitchen within the clubhouse and a heated pool that will offer views of uptown, Balfour Beatty said.

Faison and Sereo Group, both based in Charlotte, are the project’s developers.

Charlotte-based Urbana Architecture is leading the project’s design team, Balfour Beatty said. Saber Engineering, Trillium Structures and Landworks are also involved in the project.

PNC Bank is the lender.

In 2008, the 2.8-acre site on which the project will be built was rezoned for residential and mixed use.

Balfour has declined to provide   projectcosts.

—Staff reports

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