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2nd Ward Recommendations Executive Summary

Vision Statement
Project Goals
Project Description
2nd Ward Team
2nd Ward History
2nd Ward Principles


Vision Statement
"To create a livable and memorable urban neighborhood in thee heart of the city through mixed land uses, diverse architecture and housing types, unique infrastructure and a hierarchy of open spaces.  These components will combine to welcome an support a diverse population with varied ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds."

Project Goals:

  • Provide a livable and memorable 18-hour urban neighborhood.
  • Provide a significant diverse residential population with varied ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Provide high quality architecture with unique residential identity.
  • Provide a variety of housing types with unique infrastructure.
  • Provide a variety of unique parks and open spaces.
  • Provide a variety of appropriate uses, services and facilities to promote a sense of community.
  • Provide a safe and secure pedestrian friendly environment.
  • Provide flexibility within the plan to adapt to the changing economic and political environment.
  • Provide smaller incremental growth.
  • Provide a significant neighborhood park, to function as an organizing element to the neighborhood.
  • Provide improved connectivity and leverage proximity of the Dilworth, Elizabeth and Cherry neighborhoods, as well as capitalize on the proximity to the Central Business District, Historic Trolley, Light Rail and the Transit Center.
  • Provide workforce housing in each phase of development.
  • Provide the integration of historic references throughout the neighborhood for identity.
  • Provide a neighborhood approach to parking.
  • Take advantage of the physical relationship to the existing hotels, the Convention Center and the Central Business District.
  • Improve efficiency and capacity of existing street networks to better accommodate vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes.

Project Description:
The City, the County, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the Department of Transportation control the majority of the 82 develop-able acres in the study.  Through the development of a new urban fabric, along with the current plans for relocating the existing institutional facilities, this neighborhood has the potential for approximately 2,400 residential households with additional neighborhood services, offices, civic facilities, a school campus, Convention Center expansion and an intricate open space network.

Civic uses for the neighborhood may include a school for impaired and disabled students, a multi-story high school, opportunities for daycare facilities, which could serve the neighborhood as well as the Government District, expansion of faith-based educational facilities for an existing church, and two civic buildings located on the neighborhood Commons Park.  One of those buildings, a restored and transformed historic Second Ward High School gymnasium, could function as a focal point for the neighborhood as a community center.  The neighborhood's history could radiate from this structure, since it was the center of the neighborhood prior to urban renewal.   In addition, the plan identifies a number of potential opportunities to recognize the history of the neighborhood, from the use of historic street names to expressive public art.

The plan identifies strategies to ensure incremental growth, unique architecture and a diverse urban landscape.  The new recommended street grid would break up the mega-blocks created during urban renewal and will be reminiscent of the historic sizes.  Proposed parking structures are located within a two-block radius of all residents.  Long-term programming for regional parking structures should anticipate a decrease in market parking ratios over time as public transportation options improve.  This strategy reduces the need for parking on every block and allows the remaining build-out to have more flexibility.

The creation of a new neighborhood will happen over many years, but the goal to create a livable and memorable neighborhood should remain consistent in each phase of the development to ensure the project's long-term success.





For more information regarding the Second Ward Plan contact:
Dan Thilo
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
600 East Fourth Street (8th Floor)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202