Mobile Workshop – Charlotte’s Westside Story: Historic West End Tour

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn about elements of the revitalization efforts impacting Charlotte’s historic West End. Details of the tour are being finalized but sites will be among the following:

  1. Mosaic Village. The $25 million 124,000-square-foot mixed-use facility at 1635 West Trade Street features 80 apartment-style suites on four floors and accommodates 300 tenants, the property includes a 400-car parking deck, 7,500 square feet of retail space and a 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace. Inspired by the area’s rich history and unmatched resilience, JCSU’s Mosaic Village has carefully been sculpted by the cultural influence of jazz music, seen and heard at the nearby historic Excelsior Club.
  2. Tarlton Hills. The Tarlton Hills community was built in 1985 and is part of the Charlotte Housing Authority program. Residents participate in the Self-Sufficency program and must work at least 15 hours per week. All residents have access to community computer lab during regular office hours.
  3. Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Athletic Complex. With a great view of Uptown, this area has the potential to become very well used public space with the greenway in sight.
  4. McCrorey Heights. Named after Dr. Henry L. McCrorey, JCSU’s second African American President, McCrorey Heights once provided housing for the majority of JCSU faculty. When Interstate I-277 was built, the homes closest to the campus were destroyed. These homes, unfortunately, were the neighborhood’s oldest and most historically important houses. McCrorey Heights is currently a recipient of $2,200,000 of Neighborhood Improvement Plan funds from 2006 seeking to enhance the quality of life for residents of the community with improvements such as curb and gutter, sidewalks with ADA wheel chair ramps, planting strips and storm drainage improvements.
  5. French Street Intersection and Streetcar terminus. French street is where Phase II of the street car terminus ends. Learn about this new opportunity for a small neighborhood center to ignite interest and activity in a developing neighborhood.
  6. Beattie’s Ford Road/ JCSU campus. Johnson C. Smith University has been a community asset to the West End neighborhoods since it was founded in 1867. JCSU is an outstanding community partner bringing different parties together and working to improve the quality of life for its students and residents in the nearby neighborhoods. The current president of the university, Dr. Ronald L. Carter, has been a driving force of a lot of the development happening in West End and around the University.
  7. Biddleville-5 points. See how improvements to this intersection of the five neighborhoods is changing character of the corridor.
  8. West Trade/ Smallwood neighborhood. The West Trade street and Smallwood neighborhood community is on the rise.
  9. Greenway Business Park. Formerly housing projects, this business park now houses Mecklenburg County Bar Association.
  10. Rozelle’s Ferry Road. This historic road is named after the Rozzelle family who operated a river ferry in the 19th century.
  11. Savona Mill. Constructed in 1920, this building replaced the original from 1908. Also known as Savona Manufacturing Company and Old Dominion Box Company, the structure will be the new home of Blue Blaze Brewing, the West End’s first brewery.
  12. Wesley Heights. A key neighborhood for West End’s historic character, Wesley Heights was founded in 1911 and is the only registered historic district in West End.
  13. FreeMoreWest. The FreeMoreWest neighborhood is crowned as one of Charlotte’s most exciting renewed neighborhoods, blending suburban living and an urban setting.

Type: Bus tour

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