As Valerie's noted at her place, demolition work is well underway on the old Regency Plaza across the street from the SuperTarget/Sam's Club complex at the site of the one-time South Square mall.
The University Marketplace renovations at the formerly Kroger-helmed Regency Plaza represent the next wave in retail revolution for the area, which had been part of perhaps the second-wave of suburban strip centers in town, and which has found itself since out of favor as a car-centric development amidst car lots and office buildings.
Charlotte-based Hawthorne Retail Partners are renovating the former plaza, transforming it into a mixed-use development with over 300 apartments and 110,000+ sq. ft. of retail, as we've discussed before here. (Monica Chen has a useful update in the H-S today as well, the high points of which we'll recap below.)
First, some new project renderings, straight from the developer. Here's the view from University Dr., which runs to the north of the project (click for a larger image):
These renderings show a nice reorientation of the complex away from the current expanse of parking, with University Dr. actually getting an attractive view of the project, as opposed to the current butt-end view of the rear of the old strip mall.
As the H-S notes, the building shown in the center here is the part of the old strip mall that currently houses Sitar India Palace -- which itself is remaining open though adding a second location on neighboring 15-501.
Poppies Gourmet Farmers Marker, a Brevard-based speciality food retailer, is signed up to take the space on the left in the above rendering with a 20,000 sq. ft. pad, as has been previously announced.
Meanwhile, the northern and western sides of the site, currently filled with vacant parking (as we saw here a few weeks ago) will be replaced with apartments and ground-level retail.
Here's a reverse view, looking back from the "main street" of the complex towards University Dr. Note the new pedestrian access intended for University; the Poppies is again visible in the building on the right:
Finally, a view looking towards the existing Boston Market on the site, and showing the mixed-use design of apartments above ground level retail with structured parking inside:
The project is slated to run a bit longer than originally expected,
however, according to the H-S; it's now slated for completion in the
2011 2010, versus the original 12-18 month time frame for
finishing the transformation.