CHARLOTTE — Throughout last year, Charlotte-based Childress Klein was issued building permits for a 22-story, 352-unit apartment project it plans to build in uptown Charlotte at 355 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
That “plans to build” part is important, as construction has not yet begun on the $85 million project.
But, a top Childress Klein official said Wednesday, that will change this week.
Fred Klein, multifamily partner for Childress Klein, said construction will start Friday on the project, which has the working title of South Mint Apartments. Some other media outlets have inaccurately reported that construction on the project will start next week.
Jeff Duerr, vice president for the Charlotte office of Kansas City, Mo.-based J.E. Dunn Construction, the general contractor for the project, said construction will take roughly 18 months.
In December, Mecklenburg County issued a $15 million building permit for the project. In September and October, the county issued $3.1 million in permits for the project.
Wednesday’s announcement that work will start on South Mint Apartments came one day after another group announced plans to build a $63 million, 23-story apartment project less than a mile from the Childress Klein project. On Tuesday, Atlanta-based Novare Group said it plans to build the 336-unit SkyHouse Charlotte at Church and 10th streets. Construction on that project is set to begin in the first half of this year.