With gentrification looming in the last exploited area within one mile of Charlotte, NC a plan of action was created to help the community keep it’s historical identity.
The West Trade Corridor is a major
focus area for bridging the gap and improving the physical and social connections between Uptown & Historic West End.
How to improve quality of life, property values, provide affordable housing, yet maintain the cultural significance of the Five Points area.
In 2015, key community leaders, inpartnership with the Knight Foundation, & Charlotte Center
City Partners worked with Atomic Design Co. to implement meaningful, and
sustainable economic development in the Historic West End though an engaging brand identity campinge.
The Historic West End will become a vibrant, prosperous, diverse and inclusive neighborhood that celebrates its place at the center of Charlotte’s African-American community.
• $150 MM for construction of the City LYNX Gold Line Streetcar to extend the current streetcar west 2 miles from the Uptown to JCSU
• $20 MM in infrastructure investments from City’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program
• $25 MM, 124,000-square-foot mixed-use facility at features 80 apartment-style suites on four floors and accommodates 300 students. Phase II is currently under design and planned to open in 2020.
• West End first brewery, Blue Blaze Brewery , opened in 2016.
• The JCSU Arts Factory is a renovated 14,000-square-foot building that features a dance studio, black box theater, classrooms for art and graphic design students and laboratories for communication arts students.
• JCSUs New Science Center is a 62,000 square-foot building designed to meet the needs of STEM related learning and other multi-purpose events for the campus and community.