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JLL to Market Office Space at the Historic Tompkins Hall in Optimist Park

Transit-oriented, mixed-use redevelopment to offer tenants a truly unique lifestyle

CHARLOTTE, September 28, 2016 – JLL has been hired to market 80,000 square feet of creative, loft office space at Tompkins Hall, a historic textile mill established in 1891 in the Optimist Park neighborhood that will be redeveloped into a mixed-use project featuring a food hall, multiple restaurants and retail.

Charley Leavitt and Tom FitzGerald with JLL's Agency Leasing team will market and lease the space at Tompkins Hall, located between uptown Charlotte and NoDa. The site sits along the planned LYNX Blue Line Extension, expected to be open for service in summer 2017, and the planned pedestrian/bicycle trail that will connect to the Cross Charlotte Trail and the Rail Trail that ends in First Ward Park.

Charlotte-based White Point Partners and Atlanta-based Paces Properties have partnered to bring to Charlotte what Paces has successfully done in Atlanta with its office space and food hall mixed-use developments – Krog Street Market and The Stove Works. The development team has started to strip away the modern additions that were done to Tompkins Hall to reveal the original structure and architecture.

The office space will feature the original hardwood floors, open floor plans, soaring 14+ foot ceilings as well as  board and  beam interiors with a true industrial character. "Tompkins Hall is unlike any other mixed-use development in Charlotte. It brings together historic character with the modern amenities that today's office workers are seeking in a walkable, urban environment," said FitzGerald, a Vice President with JLL.

White Point and Paces plan to build out multiple restaurants and approximately 20,000 square feet for a food hall that will introduce new food, beverage and retail concepts, further enhancing the culinary scene in Charlotte. 

"With its easy access to the Parkwood light rail station, pedestrian and bicycle access, restaurants and retail, Tompkins Hall offers tenants a lifestyle, not just a place to work," said Jay Levell, a partner with White Point Partners. "We are excited to partner with JLL and look forward to assembling our tenant roster at this new landmark development in Optimist Park."

For office leasing information contact: Charley Leavitt at 704-927-3002 or and Tom FitzGerald at 704-804-5786 or

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $58.3 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit