What would Amazon’s headquarters in Charlotte look like? This company has an idea.

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To get a coveted second Amazon headquarters, Charlotte has to make the Internet giant’s shortlist, then beat out every major city in the U.S. – and then, the company would have to select from almost two dozen potential sites in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Regional Partnership has been tight-lipped about the 22 sites in Charlotte and five surrounding counties they submitted to Amazon in the region’s bid for “HQ2,” as the $5 billion project is known. The partnership has refused to give any details on the possible locations or tax incentives offered (though some developers, such as Crescent Communities, said they pitched some of their major new projects like the River District).

Executives at New Forum, the developer of Ayrsley in Steele Creek, agreed to talk this week about their pitch, which they said they gave the partnership for inclusion among the possible sites. 

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CBJ presents CFO of the Year awards to local financial leaders

 Amanda gardner of new forum acepts her award in the small private company category at the cfo of the year awards.

Amanda gardner of new forum acepts her award in the small private company category at the cfo of the year awards.

A crowd of about 350, largely financial executives and their guests, gathered Thursday night for the Charlotte Business Journal’s ninth annual CFO of the Year awards ceremony.

The CBJ has recognized 147 financial executives in the Charlotte area since the program started in 2008. This year, there were 13 finalists in five categories recognized, plus two special honorees, at the awards ceremony. The event took place at the Hilton Charlotte Center City.

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Tenants sign new, renewed office leases at Ayrsley


A Singapore-based manufacturing plant operator has opened an office in southwest Charlotte.

Interplex, which provides engineering and manufacturing services to plants worldwide, is leasing 1,906 square feet at the Charleston Row building in Ayrsley. The local office is intended to support Interplex's cold-forging business, including tool design, engineering, product development, sales and operations.

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Jeld-Wen headquarters on track for late 2017 delivery


New Forum Inc. has begun raising concrete panels for the future home of Jeld-Wen in Ayrsley.

The 120,000-square-foot building, One Silver Crescent, is being developed with tilt-up construction, in which a building's walls are poured on-site in large slabs of concrete — or "tilt-up panels" — then raised into position. A spokesman for New Forum says the Jeld-Wen building is one of the largest tilt-up construction projects in the Southeast, with 66-foot height walls.

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Charlotte homebuilder doubles footprint in expansion at Ayrsley


A local homebuilder has expanded its headquarters in southwest Charlotte, nearly doubling its footprint.

Classica Homes is leasing 8,017 square feet, an expansion of 3,800 square feet, on the second floor at 2215 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Classica will move its showroom and design studio, previously housed in a model home at Providence Retreat in south Charlotte, to Ayrsley in conjunction with the expansion.

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Check out this new office building planned for Charlotte

Charlotte real estate firm New Forum is marketing a new office building in the Ayrsley area of southwest Charlotte, next to door maker Jeld-Wen’s new headquarters development.

Named Two Silver Crescent, the four-story, 80,000 square-foot building, would be located at the intersection of Ayrsley Town Boulevard and Sessions Street. That’s near the Interstate 485 and South Tryon Street interchange.

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After success of One Silver Crescent, New Forum plans another office building


It didn't take long for a 120,000-square-foot office building in Ayrsley to get leased up — in fact, window-and-door manufacturer Jeld-Wen inked a deal late last year to take 100% of the building for its new headquarters after being marketed for only four months.

The success at One Silver Crescent has prompted a second building. Real estate firm New Forum Inc., active in the Ayrsley mixed-use development in southwest Charlotte, is now marketing Two Silver Crescent, a four-story, 80,000-square-foot office building at the corner of Ayrsley Town Boulevard and Sessions Street.

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Q & A With New Forum's Amanda Gardner


The economy is strong and real estate fundamentals are in good shape, but reportedly lenders are growing more skittish about making real estate loans. Is this so in Charlotte?

We chatted with New Forum chief financial officer Amanda Gardner, who was recently tapped for that position, which oversees all investor and banking relationships for the company. Charlotte-based New Forum specializes in mixed-use communities, including more than 2M SF of office and retail space, three hotels, single-family homes, apartments, restaurants and a 14-screen movie theater.

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New Forum names new chief financial officer


Charlotte real estate development and management firm New Forum has appointed a new chief financial officer.

Amanda Gardner will manage the firm’s financials and oversee all investor and banking relationships for New Forum and its affiliated companies. Gardner previously served as executive vice president and controller for New Forum. 

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Charlotte-based doormaker to build new headquarters in Ayrsley


As it expands its presence locally, Charlotte-based Jeld-Wen said Thursday it will relocate its corporate headquarters to a new building in the Ayrsley area of southwest Charlotte. 

The window and door maker has signed a long-term lease for One Silver Crescent, a 120,000 square-foot building that will break ground later this month near the newly constructed Embassy Suites in Ayrsley, Jeld-Wen said in a statement. The company will occupy the whole building, and management expects to initially have about 200 employees there.

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Jeld-Wen bringing 200 jobs, new headquarters to Ayrsley

Jeld-Wen Inc. has signed a deal to take all of an office building coming online next year in Ayrsley for its new headquarters and training center.

The window and door manufacturer, which moved its headquarters from Oregon to the Queen City in 2012, will take the full 120,000-square-foot One Silver Crescent in Ayrsley, according to a real estate source with knowledge of the deal and later confirmed by New Forum Inc., the project's developer, and Jeld-Wen.

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Ayrsley has been in development for about a decade — but there’s a ton changing there right now.

This little pocket is right where South Tryon meets I-485 and it’s transforming from a sleepy suburban commercial center into something a lot more active: Steele Creek’s downtown.

A year ago, there was a fish store, salon and dirt in the heart of Ayrsley. Now it’s becoming — dare I say it? — downright cool.

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New Forum, Inc. Announces New Office Building for 2017


Growth in southwest Charlotte has prompted the need for a new office building in that submarket.

New Forum Inc., a local real estate firm, is at the helm of a 120,000-square-foot office building within Ayrsley, a mixed-use development at the corner of South Tryon Street and Interstate 485. The building, called One Silver Crescent, is off Ayrsley Town Boulevard and will overlook I-485.

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Carolina Beer Temple to Open in Ayrsley


When asked why Carolina Beer Temple chose Ayrsley to open their second location: "We felt the spirit of Ayrsley lined up with the values of Carolina Beer Temple." 

Carolina Beer Temple is proud to announce our 2nd location, Carolina Beer Temple at the Town of Ayrsley Shopping Center! Ayrsley is located in southwest Charlotte off of HWY 49/Tryon Rd. just south of I-485 in the Steele Creek area! Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley will operate similarly to the original Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews – a craft beer store with a craft beer bar specializing in Carolina craft beers and Belgian ales, along with meads, ciders and craft beer from around the country.

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I'm coming!: Piedmont Social House


It’s a hot Thursday and I am standing in a huge space decked out with aluminum stools, leather couches, and recycled crates. It is the epitome of Southern charm in a nightlife venue. “This place is for leisure seekers,” says Nicole Miller, Marketing and Events Sales Manager for Piedmont Social House, a new entertainment and event space in Ayrsley.

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Piedmont Social House Grand Opening


 New Forum, Inc., one of the main developers of the Town of Ayrsley, has announced plans to open Piedmont Social House this spring. Piedmont Social House (PSH) is a restaurant/entertainment venue that encourages socialization by way of culinary craftsmanship, handcrafted cocktails, a cultivated beer selection and multiple gaming options. PSH will be located at 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.

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