It certainly is a different perspective in Roanoke.
Looking out on Roanoke from South Peak, you'll be at the same elevation as Mill Mountain, but a little to the left. Being a little off-center is the vision South Peak developer Jeff Barbic has for the mountain.
Barbic wants an all-in-one stop readily available to the estimated 80,000 people per day who drive by the hill at the intersection of Route 220 and 419.
"Our vision is to have restaurants and some upper-end retail that services both our residents here, but will also service our residents in the community," said Barbic.
Barbic hopes construction on the 32 condominiums finishes sometime next spring. After that phase of the project is done, he hopes to eventually move onto the hotel and office/retail parts of the hill.
"2013 will really be our year of construction," said Barbic. Considering the current plan is to get parts of the hill paved and the outside of the condo's finished before a November 29th Christmas Tree lighting, the ambitious spirit is rampant.
But will it all work? Marty Montano, owns Montano's Restaurant at Townside festival across the street from South Peak.
Montano says South Peak's potential success exists, but he's not sure if narrowing their scope to high-end retailers will work, "Their vision is one of quality and so they're going to have to look around and find some tenants in this difficult economy that are going to be willing to go up there."
Barbic says it's still too early to tell which retailers will decide to make the move. Rumors have been swirling about a Cracker Barrel coming to South Peak. We spoke with folks at Cracker Barrel and they say they've done their own traffic studies and don't feel enough people drive by South Peak to warrant building there.