HUNTERSVILLE –Earth Fare, a chain that calls itself “the healthy supermarket,” will open its third store in the Charlotte region this summer on Boren Street, just west of the Presbyterian Hospital and Torrence Creek Shopping Center.
Drivers have watched the progress of the building since February, but what they can’t see are the two medical buildings that will spring up this year between Boren Street and McCoy Road in a growing medical office complex a short distance from Presbyterian Hospital.
On land west of the Earth Fare site, Nick O’Shaughnessy, owner of O’Shaughnessy Realty & Development, in Cornelius, is getting ready to break ground on a two-story medical condominium building at 15419 Hodges Circle. O’Shaughnessy said he recently awarded the construction contract to Concorde Construction of Charlotte.
On land west of The Gilead Center, Dr. Tate C. Langdon, who offers cosmetic and family dentistry, plans to begin construction on a 3,800-square-foot dental office in June. Langdon, who currently rents space in the Rosedale Shopping Center, expects construction on his stand-alone medical office to take about six months.
Langdon’s new dental office is different from the one featured on a sign at the corner of Gilead and McCoy roads. The sign advertises a 4,000-square-foot dental office building and asks people to call D&K Carolina.
According to records with the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, Sousan M. Amiri, of Waxhaw, is the registered manager for D&K Carolina and Michael Amiri is a member of the corporation. The Amiris did not return a phone call from the Herald Weekly.
Here’s a little more information about each of the three projects coming to life:
• Construction on the 24,989-square-foot Earth Fare started late in 2010 at 14021 Boren St. Spokeswoman Kristi Kanzig said the store will open sometime this summer, but the company won’t provide any more details until that time. Earth Fare operates only two other stores in the Charlotte area, in Ballantyne and SouthPark, and says it carries “one of the largest selections of local and organic produce on the East Coast.”
Construction plans calls for 99 parking spaces, and the developer, Casto, is proceeding with site work on two smaller parcels that front Gilead Road. Brad Priest, commercial planner for the Town of Huntersville, said zoning prohibits a retail use of those smaller parcels. The town would allow other commercial uses, such as a restaurant, office or bank. The total development takes up about 3 acres.
• Horizon Eyecare of Charlotte has contracted to purchase the entire first floor of the O’Shaughnessy medical building, and half of the second floor also is under contract, the developer said. That’s leaves one suite of about 4,000 square feet still available in the 17,012-square-foot building at 15419 Hodges Circle.
The building is one of the first pieces of The Gilead Center, the most recent development phase of Bank of America’s The Park development.
Construction on the medical condominium should finish by September, and O’Shaughnessy said he eventually hopes to build a second medical office building next door. He’s glad to see Langdon proceeding with construction of his medical office, which only strengthens the attraction of other medical businesses.
• Langdon said he bought his land on Hodges Circle more than two years ago, and he’s been waiting to complete his lease in the Rosedale center. He said he likes the site because of the “road exposure.”
The new dental office will have eight “operatories,” Langdon said. He has six full- and part-time employees.