Big Box Breakthrough in Charlotte

Lofts and ground floor retail envelop a new Lowe's store in Charlotte, forming a buffer between the large store and the surrounding Dilworth neighborhood.

"Lowe's opened its 145,000-square-foot warehouse store Saturday, drawing attention to the 11-acre site and the potential Next Big Thing in mixed-use development.

'It's not just a big gray box,' said UNC Charlotte's David Walters, an architect, urban planner and Dilworth resident. 'It sets a precedent that developers and town planners can use, and it helps raise expectations in other communities.'

As the market becomes saturated, home improvement chains are paying closer attention to the high concentrations of potential shoppers in urban markets. That strategy typically requires more creativity and greater expense in designing stores on smaller sites near heavily populated areas.

On South Boulevard, Walters spoke in favor of the Lowe's rezoning, a contentious issue that divided neighbors and led to numerous meetings with the planning staff and Lowe's design team."

Thanks to Sam Newberg

Full Story: South End project is 'not just a big gray box'


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."