RedStone, a 310,00 SF retail development located in Indian Land, South Carolina, won big last night at Charlotte Business Journal’s 5th annual Heavy Hitters awards event. The ceremony took place at the Westin in Uptown Charlotte. MPV Properties took home the award in the Retail Development category for RedStone, whose tenants began opening their doors earlier this spring. The Heavy Hitters awards are aimed at “honoring commercial real estate projects completed over the past year in the Charlotte region” which have had a strong, positive impact in the community. Partners at MPV were honored that the RedStone project was chosen over two other impactful retail projects, also completed within the last year.
Steve Vermillion and Mike Bilodeau of MPV have played key roles in the development of the center. Progressive AE provided architectural services, Cummings was the general contractor, and Yarbrough-Williams & Houle was the engineer.
RedStone draws customers from Ballantyne, Fort Mill, Sun City and deep into Lancaster County due to its tenant mix of restaurants, shops and its most notable anchor tenant, Stone Theatres. With approximately 30 new retailers, the center has, and will continue to create jobs for Lancaster County. It’s also brought much-needed retail and entertainment amenities to a county whose explosive growth over the past few years, largely driven by Indian Land, made news for being among the highest in the country.
Creating a Town Center:
Featuring an open-air, town center concept where visitors move between indoor and outdoor space, RedStone supports a vibrant work-live-play aesthetic. The center is located beside and designed to serve as the retail and entertainment hub for local internet marketing giant Red Ventures. This proximity and connectivity promotes a cohesive, town center feel for RedStone that will be further amplified when the adjacent housing development SoBa @ RedStone, also developed by MPV Properties in partnership with Red Ventures, is completed in coming years.
RedStone’s architecture was designed to complement the traditional aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhoods & developments, while still creating a strong identity unique to RedStone. Throughout the retail center, an emphasis was placed on using large expanses of glass, high quality materials, lighting, and a variety of hard- and softscape design at the pedestrian scale. Adjacent to the buildings, outdoor seating areas & fountain plazas have been incorporated as amenities for tenants and customers alike, and to foster a sense of place and community.
Adding to the work-live-play feel, Phase Two of the project will introduce a central lawn, wrapped on all sides by retail and connected by a walkway to the cinema. From weekend farmer’s markets to free outdoor concerts, the open space will serve as another opportunity for events and experiences that attract visitors to RedStone and foster a sense of place in this underserved market. Phase Two will also add 200,000 square feet of retail space to the center, including additional anchor and smaller retail spaces.
RedStone’s amenities and design, with its central community green space, fountain plazas and areas to simply sit and people watch, creates a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environment that will serve this growing community in our region for decades to come.
Read Charlotte Business Journal’s Ashley Fahey’s account of last night’s event here: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/11/02/photos-david-furman-calls-on-industry-to-continue.html