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#Projectoftheweek: #Unrealized MINT

Wednesday, May 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandra Doherty
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MINT is conceived as a catalyst for a Culinary District within Charlotte: creating jobs and

encouraging food-centric entrepreneurial enterprises. The proposed development incorporates a

live/work community at the junction of an established neighborhood and a transitional precinct

that is rapidly becoming home to many start-ups, restaurants, breweries, and night-life. MINT is

envisioned as a collective. Residents access a community garden that also supplies fresh produce

to the culinary incubator. Here, kitchen space is available for culinary start-ups and cooking

classes. The design program is complimented with a farmers market, shops, a restaurant, food

truck stalls, and an entertainment plaza.


Sara, an architect, lives in one of the live/work units. From her ground floor office space she

worked on the upfit of the MINT INCUBATOR kitchens in the Culinary Retail building just yards

from her front door. Sara also tends to the gardens out her back door, as a member of the MINT

GARDEN COLLECTIVE, knowing that the food she helps grow will be prepared by the chefs-intraining in the kitchens she designed.

Jose and Anya’s family enjoys weekend outings at the MINT RESTAURANT where movies are

projected on the patio wall and they know the chefs, who are also their neighbors. Weekday meals

are sometimes served on their rooftop terrace with views of the gardens below (where their

vegetables are grown) and the Charlotte skyline beyond (where Anya works).

Chad grew up in Wilmore, just a few blocks away. He’s always loved to cook and has combined

this passion with his desire to see his neighborhood improve by working as an aspiring sous chef

in the MINT RESTAURANT and purchasing his live/work unit through the MINT BMR (below market

rate) ownership program.

These three households represent the range of experiences available by living and working in

MINT, where community members invest their resources (both physical and financial) in a

sustainable, food-centric, and economically viable new/old approach to urban living.


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