As the landscape begins to change on the corner of Camden and West Kingston Avenue and the transformation of 1616 Center begins, we wanted to take a moment to share with you a little bit of the land’s history and the buildings upon it.
If anyone understands change and knows how to adapt it is Egbert Gribble, a Mecklenburg County native, a machinist by trade and founder of the Charlotte Machine Company. Established in 1914, Charlotte Machine Company produced parts for textile machines. Originally located on South Blvd., Gribble’s company was growing and he needed a bigger shop to accommodate this growth.
“The company prospered and, in 1926, Gribble moved his machine shop to 1618 Camden Road. A couple of additions were constructed through the years but the original building was occupied by the company until 2007.” Historic Charlotte: An Illustrated History of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Embracing change, the Charlotte Machine Company, evolved with the market producing parts for textiles, automobiles and Nike missiles. Today the company’s production includes parts for advanced industrial robots. This company was built by four generations of the Gribble family, who have proven the ability to react and adapt to market changes. The Charlotte Machine Company merged with Powerhouse Mechanical Repair, Inc. in 2007 and they currently reside on 529 Hebron Street in Charlotte.
Although the Charlotte Machine Shop sat atop this piece of land since 1926. The time has now come for it too to evolve and adapt the great opportunity of change. Centro City Works, Axiom Architecture, and Beacon Partners bring you that change, the 1616 Center! As the Charlotte Machine Company’s vacated building becomes a memory, it will not be forgotten.
It’s recent ruins will actually be repurposed and integrated into the new design of the 1616 Center. Before the CATS were called in, Greenway Waste Solutions assisted in manually removing structural timbers and floor boards that were were handpicked and set aside to be incorporated into the finishing details of the new building. As a sustainable contractor, we strive for green practices and pride ourselves in an effort to repurpose or recycle all qualifying materials, regardless of the project’s LEED goals. With thorough precision of Greenway Waste Solutions’ the building was carefully separated for recycling materials.
Watch the short video below on the demolition of the first wall!
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