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Newell-South Neighborhood Improvement Project

This project will include infrastructure improvement such as sidewalk, curb & gutter, and storm drainage within the Newell-South neighborhood.

What's happened? During real estate phase discussions with property owners, the Project Team determined additional analysis were needed for  the culverts under Kemp Street, Indian Lane, Sandy Avenue. We found improvements to these culverts were necessary and adding these adjustments to the design has delayed the bid phase. The final plans are being reviewed by staff and real estate negotiations with property owners along the limits of the additional work have begun.

What's next? The bid phase will begin December 2014 and construction and utility relocations are expected to begin spring 2015.

Who to contact? Cary Chereshkoff, 704-336-7040.

A 2010 Neighborhood Bond Project

The Newell-South Neighborhood project is bounded between North Tryon Street, Orr Road, Rockland Road and West Rocky River Road.  In November 2006, voters approved neighborhood improvement bonds for the planning and design of infrastructure improvements within the Newell-South Neighborhood.  Approval of the 2010 Neighborhood Bonds allocated funding for construction of the Newell-South Neighborhood Improvement Project.

After an extensive public input process, it was determined that the proposed improvements would include sidewalk on Owen Boulevard, Kemp Street, Gray Drive, Creekstone Place, Blue Rock Drive and Rockland Drive. The project will also include an overland connector on Rockland Drive and some curb and gutter and minor storm drainage improvements. Click here to view the project limits.


  • Implement infrastructure improvements that will enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood.
  • Coordinate and collaborate selected infrastructure improvements with Newell-South residents, CDOT and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
  • Maximize the value of neighborhood improvements through effective project management that ensures schedule, budget and quality requirements are met.
Project Information
During the Real Estate Phase, discussions with property owners and further study and exploration by staff resulted in the need for additional storm water improvements to be added to the NIP project on Kemp Street. This storm water design is under way, and the project plans will be revised when the design is approved and accepted by the City. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is proposing to construct a portion of Toby Creek Greenway and Overland Connector parallel to Rockland Drive. This proposed greenway is also parallel to the proposed Newell South NIP sidewalk along Rockland. To minimize impacts to this area, staff has decided to eliminate the NIP sidewalk along Rockland from Rocky River to Blue Rock. Safe pedestrian access in this area will be provided by the greenway / overland connector.  Bidding the NIP project and utility relocation will follow approval of the additional Kemp Street storm drainage work, with construction currently to be determined based upon Storm Water Services approval.
Many residents have asked to view the design plans.  These are 90% plans and will be used during the Real Estate Phase. Minor changes may occur during the Real Estate Phase. The final design plans that are approved for construction will be posted on the website after the Real Estate Acquisition Phase is completed.

Click here to view 90% design plans

Cost:  $ 3,050,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, signalization, permits and construction.

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