Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gateway Village Blood Drive

Gateway Village will host a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, October 13th, 9:00a to 1:30p in the lobby of the 900 building.  To schedule an appointment, follow this link, and use sponsor code 10070.  Photo ID is required.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September Meeting Recap

Thanks to Steve Cook of Equitas for his presentation on Tuesday night, along with Aaron Pomis, Kennie High, and Officer Stillman.
For those interested in learning more about Equitas and its work in Malawi, sign up for the Water & Wine event on October 6th at The Wine Loft on South Boulevard.  See you there!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Historic West End Market

The Historic West End Market runs Saturday mornings from 9:00a to 2:00p, in the 1600 block of West Trade Street.  Vendor wares include flowers, food, apparel, art, jewelry, and more.  For more information, visit www.historicwestendmarket.com.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Found Dog

A dog was found in Frazier Park on Wednesday.  See this flyer for more details.

Starry Starry Night

The Charlotte Rescue Mission's Starry Starry Night Charitable Auction will take place Saturday, October 17th, 6:00p at The Atrium.  The event will include silent and live auctions, catering by Mimosa Grill, music of the Ralph McMillan Band, and testimonials from the mission's clients.  Tickets are $75/individual; register here or by calling Melissa Parrish at (704) 334-4635, extension 266.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

CATS Budget Input

"CATS is in the process of establishing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2011 and its capital program budget for the next five years.  Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the CATS’ budget planning process and share transit service ideas for the community ... The same information will be shared at each meeting."

Meeting times and locations are as follows:


Thursday, September 24, 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
Room 267
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Watch Live on The GOV Channel, on Time Warner Cable 16, or online at www.charlottenc.gov

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station Street
Matthews, NC 28105
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Davidson Library
119 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about the meetings or transit service near the meeting locations, contact 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Queen City and Walkability

Sustainable Development Services' Developing Trends blog recently published a post by yours truly on Charlotte's Uptown condominium "glut," property values, and how they relate to walkability.  If you are interested in reading more, follow this link.

Roadway Abandonment

In anticipation of the development of Romare Bearden Park, the City of Charlotte plans the abandonment of various rights-of-way in the block bound by Church Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Mint Street, and Third Street.  For more information, including details on an upcoming public meeting, please see this document.

Update: Rezoning Application 2009-074

The Third Ward Neighborhood Association has submitted a signed copy of this letter to the developers of the Sycamore @Gateway.  The letter seeks to fill informational gaps in the development proposal, and to begin the process of creating zoning conditions.
The developers will host a community meeting for those who are interested in learning more about the proposal.  This will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 6:00p at the Ivory Baker Recreation Center.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tree Banding Grants

Want to serve and beautify the Third Ward neighborhood?  Be the go-to person for a tree banding grant provided by the City of Charlotte.  Applications are due October 21st and workshops are coming up.  For more details, see this link.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Political Signs

I have been contacted by a campaign interested in connecting with residents to deploy political signs through the neighborhood for the City Council race.  If you are interested, contact me.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Meeting

Steve Cook will be the featured speaker at this month’s meeting, on Tuesday, September 22nd, 7:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA. Steve is the president of Equitas, a non-profit organization providing aid in Africa. Equitas has advocated for Sudanese refugees in the past, and more recently has turned its attention to Malawi. In addition to his humanitarian work, Steve is a gifted photographer and Third Ward resident at First Row condominiums.
Yes! Stickers will be available at the meeting!  Check out the Third Ward Shop for more neighborhood gear (including new long-sleeved shirts just in time for fall). The Schwaller family received its first batch of t-shirts last week. Both use American Apparel t-shirts as a base and fit very well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"The streetcar lives to fight another day."

The Charlotte City Council overturned Mayor McCrory's veto of the engineering study for the Streetcar line Monday night.  See this Charlotte Business Journal article for more details.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CMPD Alert

Central Division RA2 Commander Pellicone sent this document highlighting the activities of these two men, who have recently targeted Uptown businesses - with a recommendation to "be aware."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Gameday Recycling

The four block area surrounding Bank of America Stadium is the test market for the Tailgate Recycling program.  The two preseason games yielded approximately 15% of the volume of recyclables; this year's goal is 20%.
If you are tailgating this weekend, look for the yellow recycling bags to participate.  For more information, read this.  Go Panthers!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thunder Road

The 2009 Thunder Road Marathon will take place on December 12th, crossing Third Ward from approximately 9:30a through noon (map).  In addition to the marathon, events include a 5k and half marathon.
Thunder Road encourages neighborhoods/neighborhood businesses to create "entertainment zones" to cheer on runners; the best zone wins $500 for its neighborhood association.  Contact me if you are interested in organizing a party.

Streetcar Vote Delayed

The possible override of Mayor McCrory's veto of the $8 million design contract for a streetcar study has been delayed, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.  A vote is expected next week.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 11 Memorial Service

The Our Children's Memorial Walkway (OCMW) will host a memorial service for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on its eighth anniversary at 8:30a: "This service will remember victims at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the three airplanes brought down that day. Anyone who lost a loved one on 9/11 is invited to say a few words of remembrance.  A long scroll with names and pictures of the thousands who died on 9/11 will be displayed at the service.  The Charlotte Fire Department will provide a bagpipe player, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police will provide a bugler for taps."
The OCMW is in Frazier Park, on the south side of West Fourth Street.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CMPD Report - September

CMPD's September crime report can be found here; please note the sharp increase in Larcenies From Auto.  Always remember to remove valuables from your vehicle, park in well-lit areas, and call 911 if you see something suspicious.

Monday, September 7, 2009

CATS CEO

The Charlotte Area Transportation System will be hiring a new CEO, and public input on the ideal candidate has been requested. Citizens can attend one of five meetings (details on this flyer) or give input at publicinput.charlottenc.gov.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rezoning Application 2009-074

Yesterday members of the Third Ward board met with developers John Arciero and Vincent James, who have proposed a rezoning for 6.2 acres adjacent to Ray's Splash Planet, Irwin Avenue Elementary School, and Elmwood & Pinewood Cemeteries (the rezoning application can be found here).
The land is currently owned by the Board of Education, who has reportedly agreed to a trade agreement in exchange for 25,000sf of office space for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in a new building. While additional CMS office space Uptown would normally generate excitement, it appears that this space would be minimally staffed. A condominium agreement illustrating CMS ownership of the space was not presented.
The developers declined to share their electronic presentation. In brief, they propose three mixed-use structures of 6, 12, and 20 stories, integrating office, retail, and residential uses. The structures are planned to be built atop a 3 story subterranean parking deck.
Site amenities were promised to include two amphitheaters, a monumental staircase "like the Spanish Steps in Italy," a plaza, and a promenade. Green amenities including "LEED Silver or better" certification were also promised.
The development plan lacked specific details regarding traffic, architectural controls, site lighting, etc. Each of these (and more) would be required in Zoning Conditions should the project advance. Also lacking were details on potential tenants and/or buyers for the office, residential, and retail space. Specific to the residential component, affordable/workforce housing was mentioned, but neither subsidy agreements nor partnerships with housing agencies have been sought or secured.
The developers will host an open house on Tuesday, September 8th, at 5:00p on the 8th floor of the Government Center. I encourage you to attend this meeting to learn more about the proposed development. I request that you share your feedback by 7:00p on Wednesday, September 9th, for board consideration. Shortly after that - and according to our standard procedures - the board will issue a letter to the developers summarizing the position of the neighborhood.
Thank you for your participation!

India Festival Information

"[The] 15th Annual Festival of India will take place on Tryon Street from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday, September 5th and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday the 6th. Tryon Street will be closed between 4th and 5th Streets and traffic will be diverted at 3rd and 6th Streets. Go to www.indiafestival.net for more information."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Development Dispatch

On Friday, the Charlotte Business Journal reported that developer Tim Crawford's Citiline Resortline company will be closing. Citiline Resortline is responsible for Third Ward developments First Row, the Gallery Lofts, and Skybox/Annex; the development of the former Victoria Apartments site was to be next.
Today the Charlotte Observer (and the Business Journal alike) reports that construction on condominium tower The Vue has halted. While not in Third Ward, the incomplete structure is in our view (pardon the pun) as a significant presence on Uptown's skyline; the delay will hopefully be temporary.
Meanwhile, CEOs for Cities has released a report (I'm working through its 30 pages now) indicating that homes in walkable neighborhoods - which would certainly include all of Uptown Charlotte - command higher prices than those in less-walkable neighborhoods.
What does this mean for Third Ward (and the rest of Uptown)? Will our local conditions override the trend toward walkability? Comments welcome - enjoy the reading.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitos are abundant throughout Charlotte this year. If you are having a problem, follow this link or call (704) 336-5101 for an inspection.