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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

February 13, 2003

Charlotte, NC - Planning is underway for drafting a new vision for the Third Ward neighborhood, including Center City Charlotte's newest park, and the public is invited to participate.  A series of public meetings will allow citizens to comment on the neighborhood vision for Third Ward, including location, programming and conceptual design of the New West Park.

The next public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, 2003, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. It will take place in the Francis Auditorium of the Main Library, 310 North Tryon Street.  Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the Seventh Street Station. This meeting will focus on Urban Design Frameworks and Principles.

In the spring of 2000, Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte adopted the Center City 2010 Vision Plan. Among many suggestions was a large-scale public park to become a symbolic focus of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte.  As a result of this recommendation, the City and County are working with a consultant team headed by Civitas, Inc., a nationally recognized urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm. The team will collaborate with local and national firms, as well as businesses, community leaders, and citizens to create a neighborhood vision for Third Ward, including the New West Park.
Sixth Street, Tryon Street, Interstate 277 and Cedar Street bind the area being studied for the urban design. Questions to be addressed during the public meetings and design process may include:
· How can the energy of the Center City be leveraged to stimulate reinvestment into Third Ward?
· What is the best size, configuration and design for New West Park to make it the symbolic focus and signature place of Center City, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County?
· What kind of neighborhood should this area of Third Ward become?

For more information, citizens can call 704-330-4336 or check the Web site

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