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SkyHouse apartments top out at 24 floors

SkyHouse, a luxury apartment development in the Fourth Ward, is half finished with the topping out of the 24th floor Oct. 23. Illustration courtesy Novare Group.

SkyHouse, a luxury apartment development in the Fourth Ward, is half finished with the topping out of the 24th floor Oct. 23. Illustration courtesy Novare Group.

CHARLOTTE – One of uptown’s newest additions to the luxury apartment market ceremonially topped out Thursday, as the structure of the building’s 24th floor was completed.

The 336-unit building at 10th and Church streets in the Fourth Ward is being developed by Novare Group, Grubb Properties and Batson-Cook Development Co. Batson Cook Construction is the contractor.

The team broke ground in March, and the topping out signals the half-way point in the construction, the companies said in a statement. Preleasing will begin in January.

“SkyHouse Uptown is on schedule, and we are pleased to begin offering residents the opportunity to be among the first to live in this world-class building located in the heart of the Fourth Ward neighborhood,” said Jim Borders, president of Novare Group, in the statement.  “Batson-Cook Construction, through the use of lean construction techniques, has perfected the ability to methodically and expediently deliver a very high quality high-rise community. We are all excited to be half way to delivery.”

SkyHouse units will have between one and three bedrooms with high-end finishes and floor-to-ceiling glass. The “SkyHouse” is situated on the 24th floor and features the club room, fitness area, and outdoor plazas that include a swimming pool, fireplaces, covered outdoor lounges and 360-degree views of the city.  The project will be environmentally sustainable and ENERGY Star certified.

The tower is one of 11 SkyHouse-branded luxury high-rises in the Southeast, including buildings in Raleigh; Atlanta; Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas; and Orlando and Tampa, Fla., totaling more than $750 million. SkyHouse is aimed at Generation Y professionals who want to live in urban infill areas close to business centers, night life, culture and public transportation, according to the statement. So far, the developers have pulled more than $40 million in Mecklenburg County building permits, according to the county’s permit data base.

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