Charlotte Chamber to Upgrade Offices, Renew Lease

The Charlotte Chamber is upgrading its offices in a bid to reflect the dynamic economic environment of the Queen City.

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

The Charlotte Chamber is upgrading its offices in a bid to reflect the dynamic economic environment of the Queen City.

The Chamber has deliberated over the past two years on what would be the best move for the organization in advance of its lease expiration at 330 South Tryon, the chamber’s current location. Desiring to retain the Chamber as a tenant, 330 South Tryon owner Grubb Properties decided to embark on a renovation project for the property, which will be renamed the Charlotte Chamber Building, after its high-profile tenant, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

“We felt strongly about the need for the chamber to remain at the core of Charlotte’s uptown business activity,” said Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber. “To be located on Tryon (…) is simply hard to beat,” he added.

Work, conducted by Turner Construction, will kick off on Dec. 8 and wrap up in April 2015, the Chamber announced in a news release. Work includes creating a separate street-level entrance for the Chamber right on South Tryon, raising the ceilings, and redesigning both floors to maximize the amount of natural light and give the space an open feel. The openness of the space will be maximized by a glass front façade and large digitals screens visible from the street. The first floor will be redesigned to include a public resource center, spacious conference rooms and dedicated space for the Economic Development team. Connecting via an open staircase, the second floor will include abundant informal meeting space and a large open pantry facing a balcony that will overlook South Tryon Street.

“We are creating a space that provides a world-class welcome with a multicultural vibe,” explained Morgan. “As Charlotte’s front door for the business community, newcomers and economic development prospects, the chamber’s offices must be open, inviting and vibrant.”

The development team also includes architecture firm Gensler, Grubb Properties, CBI, JLL and Technical Innovation.

The Charlotte Chamber signed a new 15-year lease for 21,206 square feet at 330 South Tryon, the Charlotte Business Journal reported. The chamber’s previous lease had 30,000 square feet under contract.

According to the Charlotte Business Journal, Grubb Properties purchased the 64,490-sq.-ft., five-story office building in April 2014 for $12.1 million from Colony on Tryon LLC.

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Rendering courtesy of the Charlotte Chamber