Good news: Uptown Charlotte is getting more space for local art, local retailers, local coffee providers and a local restaurant.

At least that’s the hope for the bottom two levels of 300 South Brevard uptown. This 15-story, 360,000 square-foot office building (formerly the AT&T Plaza building) is in the final stages of renovations under Stream Realty. The company purchased the building in 2015 for $45.5 million and wanted to revamp it, rather than tear it down.

Stream has poured over $15 million into the project, with interior renovations wrapping up this week and exterior renovations to be completed by May 1. Leasing is available now.

While the eight floors of office space are wide open for a variety of tenants, Stream is targeting local retailers to inhabit the first and second lobby levels of the building to add local excitement.

That will soon be obvious to people who pass through the new entrance at the corner of South Brevard Street and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

At the top of the bright stairs leading to the lobby level are two hip, collaborative work spaces, each of which will contain a mural by Hooker Media.

One mural will go in this room (below), likely to feature bright pops of color.

The other mural will splash along this wall (below) with plans to depict an aerial shot of the Charlotte skyline flipped upside down, or folded over and rolling toward the building as a wave. With a pirate ship involved, naturally.

To top it off, this room will also hold a long table constructed from a tree that was struck by lightning in Charlotte.

These seating areas on the lobby level will be open to the public, as well as to office tenants on the upper floors. They can be used as collaborative areas or even private work areas.

“Just something that’s not your traditional offices,” said Katherine Richey, Vice President of Stream Realty.

Lobby level

Stream Realty saw a demand for these open office spaces.

“We saw this as an opportunity to do something different, do something more for the creative class, or the tech class,” Richey said.

They also see this as an opportunity to pull in local retailers. You won’t be seeing any Starbucks or chains in this building, Richey said.

Instead, Stream has been in talks with options like a salon/dry bar concept, local coffee providers, a higher-end fitness concept like a cycling studio, and a restaurant with a lunch option as well as higher-end evening amenities like a cocktail bar. The two double-height outdoor patios and terraces should add some temptation.

It’ll be fun to watch on as tenants start to fill this building, with its five levels of enclosed parking, eight levels of office space and two levels for retail space.

And if you do make it to the top, the view’s not bad either.

For more information, contact Katherine Richey of Stream Realty at katherine.richey@streamrealty.com.

Photos: Katie Toussaint

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