The Midtown development returns with promise to change Upper King Street (Update: Rendering)

Image by Bing Maps The drive through you see is now no longer.

Update January 10: The project backer, CC&T Real Estate Services, has sent around an updated rendering on the massive project that is due to start construction this year.

The Post and Courier has a few words of update on the project (read them here) and a copy of the graphic (see that here, the existing bank building is in the lower right).

The opposing Meeting Street-side of the project has been scaled back into a separate development, but the plan still holds more than enough umpf to possibly be near as much of a game changer for Upper King Street as the Charleston Place Hotel development was for mid-King Street.

First reporting: Talk has been brewing for some time that the "Midtown" that could be a game changer for Upper King Street is coming back — and now visible change is happening.

The Post and Courier notes that the intersection of King and Cannon streets, the drive-through teller window of the old Bank of America has been torn down as the start to fulfill 2008 plans that promised 20,000 square feet of retail and hundreds of hotel and living spaces.

And this isn't the only project sparking in town: The Concord Park development near the aquarium has been moving along and word has come along that a new hotel is breaking ground on upper Meeting Street, PeopleMatter is relocating their corporate headquarters to Upper King, and things are generally just more lively.