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RFQ issued for Gateway Station project in uptown Charlotte

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the city of Charlotte have issued a request for qualifications from developers who want to work on the Gateway Station project in uptown.

The city is seeking developers with experience in urban mixed-use properties and has given them until Sept. 21 to submit their qualifications to the NCDOT, the next step in selecting a primary developer for the transit project.

Gateway Station will serve as a central hub for Amtrak, Greyhound Bus service, CATS bus and streetcar service, the North Corridor Commuter Rail Project and Mecklenburg County’s greenway system. Gateway Station is also expected to aid in the redevelopment of the surrounding area, according to the NCDOT.

The project will be constructed at Graham, Fourth and West Trade streets, near Bank of America Stadium.

CATS’ website says that the projected location is within a few blocks of most major employment centers in uptown Charlotte and will be nearly 300,000 square feet when completed.

In addition to the transportation elements, the station will include more than 100,000 square feet of office space, more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, a parking deck and an atrium.

Sondra Artis, spokeswoman for NCDOT, said the department considers Charlotte to be one of the greatest cities in the country. The NCDOT believes that the project could help redevelop the area surrounding the station, Artis said.

Artis said the NCDOT is working to calculate an estimated project cost, so one isn’t available. A feasibility study done in 2002 had the estimated cost at $206.8 million.

Guion can be reached at payton.guion@mecktimes.com.

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