Last month, Duke Energy moved about 400 employees into its 83,000 square-foot space at Optimist Hall, a renovated former textile mill near NoDa and Optimist Park. Katherine Peralta KPERALTA@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM
Corporations are moving into rehabbed warehouses for similar reasons restaurants are — for the trendy atmosphere. “Developers want to do a cool project. It’s not just about making money,” Klenk said.
Source: Old factories in Charlotte are being turned into restaurants | Charlotte Observer
One of the restored, historic buildings at The Navy Yard that serves Urban Outfitters. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson
Many of the most progressive development projects today are occurring on sites where large-scale master planning is possible. That has often been the case where military bases are shut down. The Navy Yard may be the most successful such project yet.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects led the master planning process in 2004, and that plan has just been revised with the 2013 Update. Sustainability is a big part of the Master Plan, and that has been driven in part by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s goal to make Philadelphia the nation’s greenest large city. It’s an impressive plan and well-presented in an online document.
via The Navy Yard at the Forefront of Philly’s Green Rebirth – BuildingGreen.