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The Ellis – 33 Floor Apartment Tower – Lennar does what Levine couldn't.


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40 minutes ago, TheRealClayton said:

Thank you, the endless griping is tiresome. That is not what this site is for. If people hate it so much, give a constructive argument for why it sucks, because frankly, its not the greatest, but it sure as hell ain't the worst. Having toured the building numerous times, its one of the most attractive residential projects in the city from the inside, and for its amenities. From the outside... well, it looks like nothing else in Charlotte, and that is what we've been asking for.  Could it have been executed better, sure. The proportions are a little strange, but I love the pop of color, and I like the texture of top 1/5th of the building. But alas, nothing will ever be perfect in an age where people seem to think that everyone has to hear their vapid complaints.

I thought that giving opinions on developments like this is, at least partially, exactly what this site was for. FWIW, I'm fairly agnostic on this one. I love the height and density and appreciate the uniqueness. I hate the low rise portion and agree that the high rise portion could have been better executed. It will look much better when the surrounding blocks are developed. I hate it far less than this crime against architecture:

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1 hour ago, atlrvr said:

That's a nice unexpected plaza once the abrovitae grow up in 12 months.  Just throw in some red bistro chairs.

Plazas like this are all around East Midtown in Manhattan, and they can be amazing spaces. It's always so interesting to see such small public spaces be so vibrant and successful. Hope this space has the same potential. 

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29 minutes ago, DMann said:

I came across this picture during a walk through the SouthEnd last weekend.  Knowing of the things that will be joining this area I recall the time about 10 years ago that it all was a deserted or derelict part of the city.  Now it is vibrant and full of life.  True transformation.

The photo represents to me that while you either like or dislike The Ellis, it potentially will be delivering over 500 people to a block that was formerly occupied by a homeless woman named Tina.  This property is rental, and the residents will be transient probably changing at the rate of 25% a year.  All those people, all those ideas will contribute more to the building of Charlotte than a building will.

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I'm a big critic of the Ellis' aesthetics, but have always been careful to credit it for the hundreds of new residents it's bringing to Uptown.  I've even gone so far as to say that one way to avoid looking at the part of it I detest (the exterior) is to actually take up residence inside of it.

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14 hours ago, Rufus said:

Plazas like this are all around East Midtown in Manhattan, and they can be amazing spaces. It's always so interesting to see such small public spaces be so vibrant and successful. Hope this space has the same potential. 

Greenacre Park | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

 

That's true.  There are many pocket parks with waterfalls in Manhattan.  Greenacres Park (above) is my favorite of them.    It's very similar to Polk Park on Tryon St. 

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Saw lots of activity at the hotel site today. All I want them to do is release a better rendering of the hotel because I know they have to have one. Im sure they are not looking at that terrible pixilated rendering everyday saying "this is what we are building here at this site."

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14 minutes ago, j-man said:

Im sure they are not looking at that terrible pixilated rendering everyday saying "this is what we are building here at this site."

This made me laugh.  Like a bunch workers looking a set of Lego instructions arguing over how many studs over the next block attaches.

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