From today's Charlotte Observer: Article Referencing Norfolk-Southern Move.
From today's Observer:
Supporters also say the toll road will help Gaston get spinoff jobs from a railyard planned for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. Norfolk-Southern is planning to move its intermodal yard north of uptown to the airport, just east of the new runway being built along Interstate 485. The intermodal facility would be a regional transportation hub where trucks carry cargo containers to and from trains.
As I stated previously, while this could arguably fall under the airport expansion thread, or else the NoDa thread, I decided to throw this one out as a brand new topic because of the ramifications such a move would have on development in: Optimist Park, Villa Heights, NoDa, Atando Junction, etc.
For argument's sake (and conversational purposes) I created this custom Google map to highlight Norfolk-Southern's intermodal facility:
Custom Map of Norfolk-Southern Intermodal Shipping Facility
Click here for a bird's eye view of the Norfolk-Southern facility.
I suppose the relocation of this rail facility makes this CATS map somewhat dated: CATS Northeast Line Projection Map but at the same time, conveys the impact of the parallel development between the two areas.
The rolling implications are fantastic! I have a very nice photo album I put together beginning in July 2007 as the area directly behind Highland Mill Apartments was being demolished (warehouses) and the area graded. I believe -- and anyone can correct me if I'm wrong -- that Winter Properties was amongst one of the interested parties in redeveloping that area. This is the area I shaded in light-green on my Google map. I'll edit this post later to include the flickr album of photographs I took during this redevelopment process for your viewing pleasure.
A search of Edgars Online evidences that N-S is committed to making capital investments into their Southeastern regional intermodal network; their most recent Form 8-K filed with the S.E.C. states: "Making capital investments in intermodal terminals and equipment to add capacity to the Norfolk Southern intermodal network, increase access and capacity for coal traffic, bulk transfer facilities, and vehicle production and distribution facilities." Thus there must be some merit to the Observer's assertion made in today's article.
Does anyone have any more information on this? This would obviously complement the lightrail transit-oriented development occurring in the North Charlotte region. Any ideas of projects under consideration for this area?
I know that Winter Properties is considering building a condo on their grassy land at the Highland Mill complex here:
Various Proposed (or speculated) Developments in NoDa/Optimist Park Area
The brothers that own Brooks Sandwich Shop (an area staple!) have been bandying about various thoughts on redeveloping their large tract as well (see on map, above).
This area is so prime for redevelopment -- the possibilities are endless!!