The Design District
505Design at Cooper Carry worked with Asana Partners to re-establish The Design District as a premier, walkable district along Charlotte's light rail. The urban potential of the masonry, timber, and steel buildings of South End’s Design District had remained dormant for decades. Throughout the early 1990s, restaurants and offices began to replace industrial uses, yet the area remained sleepy; facades and outdoor spaces remained closed and uninviting.
At the heart of the redesigned district is a 45,000-square-foot historic hosiery mill from the 1920s, featuring warehouse-style buildings with brick facades and original steel windows. We honored the original character of this historic landmark, while transforming the district into a dynamic and vibrant mixed-use project.
There is renewed access to the area, via a wide pedestrian-friendly walk that offers views of the dramatic Charlotte skyline. Public art dots the space to invite more activity, and there is ample space to relax and gather. With great views of Charlotte’s dramatic skyline, the right of way has become a favorite place to stroll, sit, jog or people-watch. It also houses a number of public art installations. And the once-decaying industrial buildings see new uses as a new young population moves into the area.
Jeni’s Ice Creams, Superica, Hawkers, and Barcelona Winebar are just a few of the tenants who have flocked to occupy space in this renovated district.