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Open Streets 704 is Coming to the Streets of Belmont

The next Open Streets 704 is 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. The route will include Plaza Midwood, Belmont, Villa Heights, NoDa, Optimist Park and parts of Commonwealth. This year, event planners promise more live music, featuring local talent on multiple stages.

Open Streets 704 started as a pilot program with funding from the Knight Foundation. It allowed for three to five miles of city streets to be closed to cars and open to pedestrians, bicycle riders and runners for a four-hour period. It’s like a giant block party.

Open Streets coordinators are moving forward with making it a sustainable program for our city.

“We have not applied for future funding from the Knight Foundation,” Monica Holmes, urban designer with City of Charlotte’s Urban Design, said. “We are really trying to leave the nest, so to speak,”

The international organization, Open Streets Project, is a collaboration between 8 80 Cities and Street Plans. The non-profit supports events across North America by offering a tool kit to cities interested in planning an Open Streets event. Cities such as Atlanta, Charlottesville, Carrboro, Savannah, Ottawa and Toronto participate each year.

Charlotte’s Open Streets 704 has grown in popularity. In its first year, 2016, an estimated 25,000 people participated in the two events. In the second year, it jumped to 40,000, with half being new participants and half being returners.

“Our events have grown,” Holmes said. “People love to be outside. They get to go out and experience their neighborhoods and meet different people.”

A successful Open Streets event in Charlotte takes the coordination between multiple departments within Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, as well as 20 to 30 volunteers. Each event costs $50,000 to $60,000, one-third of the cost of other cities Open Streets events, said Holmes. Most of those costs are related to hiring CMPD officers to close the streets.

Open Streets will feature four zones along the route: Arts and Science, Family, Green and Wellness. They expect more than 130 hosts on the streets offering arts and crafts, games and other fun activities.

There are many ways for Charlotte residents and business owners to get involved in Open Streets. The link to participate goes live on February 17.

  • Volunteer for a shift: 50 to 60 people are needed to staff the information booths, work at activities and be intersection superheroes.
  • Sponsor your block for $50: Get your neighbors together to decorate your street with sidewalk chalk. Pick a theme, choose a design or make it a free for all. This opportunity is being offered for the first time and is a move toward sustainability.
  • Host an activity: Businesses, non-profit organization and individuals are encouraged to submit an idea for an activity.

Attend the free Open Streets 704 Route Reveal Party Saturday, Feb 17 at Free Range Brewing from 6-9 p.m. at 2320 N. Davidson Street, Suite D. Learn what streets are on the route, listen to the Shana Blake Band and sign up for activities and volunteering. Folks who sign up to host an activity at this event will get priority.

Ride your bike to the party and get a free bike valet from B-Cycle. Bike Van will also be on the premises to answer any bike service questions.

“We want to bring a little bit of flavor of Open Streets to the Route Reveal Party,” Holmes said. “We’ve asked some of our great partners to be there with us.”

Photos: Michael Hernandez

Original story appeared on Charlotte Five by Vanessa Infanzon on 

Help think Charlotte forward and realize our vision of being a “Livable City for All”

What Can UDO Summit

Saturday, MARCH 24TH from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

The City of Charlotte is experiencing rapid growth and development, but what can you do as a resident or business owner to influence the outcome of current and future growth?  Attend the What Can UDO Summit and share your voice to help think Charlotte forward and realize our vision of being a “Livable City for All.”

The half-day event will feature keynote speaker Mitchell Silver, FAICP. Mitch Silver was previously the Chief Planning & Development Officer for the City of Raleigh and the President of the American Planning Association. He now serves as the New York City Parks Commissioner and is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues.

The summit provides an opportunity to share input related to the Charlotte Place Types and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a city-wide effort aimed at updating the policies and regulations that guide growth and development in Charlotte. The summit will include two interactive workshops, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, which are focused on “Living and Thriving in Charlotte.”

To register for the event please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-udo-summit-registration-42720419926.

Charlotte UDO website.

What’s the status of Pulte townhouse projects in the Charlotte area?

Pulte is developing a 61-homesite community across South Boulevard and the Lynx Blue Line Scaleybark Station on Belton Street.

 

Like most other home builders active in the Queen City, Atlanta-based Pulte Group Inc. (NYSE: PHM) is full-steam ahead on townhouse development in Charlotte.

Pulte has a number of for-sale residential projects underway in the city, including two communities in close proximity to one another in lower South End — South Village, the townhouse component of Pappas Properties’ larger mixed-use development, and Belton, a 61-homesite community across South Boulevard and the Scaleybark Station on the Lynx Blue Line. Additionally, Pulte is developing a townhouse project in the Belmont community called Central Point, at the intersection of 10th Street and Seigle Avenue.

South Village, which is now about 50% sold, is moving ahead on the second phase, according to Pulte. Belton is under development and features home designs called duets, which start at 2,275 square feet and include three or four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-car garage and a fourth floor with flex space.

Those homes, starting at $435,000, will be developed on lots that Pulte acquired several months ago and is one of a few projects apparently pegged for the street. Infill developer Beauxwright previously filed plans with the city to develop duplex and single-unit multifamily residential.

South Village starts at $394,990 and includes three- and four-story townhouses measuring 1,773 square feet.

According to Metrostudy data, townhouse starts are climbing again in the Charlotte metro area following a post-recession slowdown, though there was a slight dip in 2017 compared to 2016. Annual townhouse starts in 2017 saw a 4.4% decrease from the year before but closings increased 23.3% from the year prior. A little more than 460 townhouse starts occurred in the fourth quarter of 2017.

In total, 1,797 lots delivered in 2017, an increase of 21.9% from the year before, according to Metrostudy.

 

The original story first appeared on Charlotte Business Journal on February 13th, 2018 by Ashley Fahey.

Charlotte brewery eyes S.C. expansion

Birdsong Brewing Co. is located in Charlotte's Belmont Neighborhood.

Birdsong Brewing Co. is located in Charlotte’s Belmont Neighborhood.

Original storey ran on Charlotte Business Journal by   

Birdsong Brewing is expanding its distribution in South Carolina. Plans call for Birdsong’s brews to be available in Greenville starting the week of Feb. 19.

“Greenville is a rapidly growing part of Upstate South Carolina and has close connections to the Western N.C. beer culture,” says Chris Goulet, principal owner of the brewery.

He anticipates as many as 100 accounts in the market to start. It is working with Greenco Beverage Company as its distributor.

In 2016, the brewery tapped into South Carolina with distribution in Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Columbia.

This expansion follows a successful year for the brewery, Goulet says. Birdson operates a 30-barrel brewhouse and taproom in Charlotte’s Belmont Neighborhood. That 17,000-square-foot facility is located at 1016 N. Davidson St. Birdsong invested $110,000 into solar panels to slash its annual $30,000 energy costs in half.

It produced 7,218 barrels in 2017 — an increase of 19%. Goulet anticipates the Greenville expansion could account for production growth of up to 6% in 2018. Estimates for total 2018 production were not yet available.

It introduced Paradise City Session IPA, its first new year-round beer to be added to production since 2013. Birdsong also created an brew available exclusively at Charlotte Knights baseball games.

Birdsong is Charlotte’s third-oldest brewery.

March 16th Announced as Opening date for Blue Line Extension

 

Article by  and originally appeared on Charlotte Business Journal January 

The long-anticipated opening of the Blue Line Extension now has a date.

During Charlotte City Council’s dinner meeting on Monday, Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis announced that the first day of revenue service for the light-rail line’s second leg will be Friday, March 16.. The Blue Line Extension will open two weeks ahead of the Federal Transit Administration’s grant agreement deadline of March 31 and will come in under budget, Lewis said.

The $1.2 billion Blue Line Extension is adding 9.3 miles and 11 stations to the existing north-south line. It will run from uptown to UNC Charlotte, starting from the 7th Street Station, then heading north into neighborhoods including Optimist Park, NoDa and University City before terminating at UNC Charlotte.

Federal grants are funding half of the Blue Line Extension’s construction cost while local and state government are each funding 25%.

The extension, which began construction in 2014, has already spurred development along the line, similar to the real estate momentum seen over the past 10 years along the original 10-mile line from Pineville into uptown. About $350 million in development is so far completed, proposed or under construction along the extension, according to a November estimate from CATS.

Pre-revenue service testing is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 21, including simulated service from the I-485 Station to the UNC Charlotte Main Station, according to CATS. Light-rail vehicles will stop at all stations during that time, but stations will not be open to the public until March 16.

Also this month, CATS will perform two emergency drills, including a bridge evacuation drill in conjunction with the Charlotte Fire Department and a full-scale emergency exercise.

The Blue Line Extension was originally expected to begin service in August 2017. But last February, Lewis told City Council that there wasn’t enough time to complete all required testing to open the extension by the summer.

Belmont CDC Hosts Toy Drive

A letter from the Belmont CDC:

Belmont Community Development Corporation

700 Parkwood Ave, Suite 204

Charlotte, NC 28205

 

November 21, 2017

Dear Friends:

I am writing to ask for your support as a sponsor for the Belmont Community Development Corporation Christmas Program 2017. The Belmont Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501© (3) non-profit organization that provides assistance to families in the Belmont and surrounding communities.

Now more than ever, these families need your help!

The Belmont CDC Family Christmas Program provides various assistance to families who have children ages 2-12 years.  We all know how important the holidays are to children and we understand that it is often a challenge for the families we serve to find the extra funds in their budget for the holiday season. Therefore, we are asking for your support in collecting unwrapped toys for boys and girls who are 2-12 years old, or a monetary donation that can be used to purchase items for our Toy Drive. Because of kind and generous sponsors like you, we are able to help minimize some of the financial stress these families experience during the holiday season and bring joy, peace and happiness to little ones.

If you are able to support our Toy Drive, please deliver your items to Belmont CDC, 700 Parkwood Ave, Suite 204, Charlotte, NC 28205, no later than December 18, 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Please feel free to contact me at (704) 379-7471 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or via email at carlenegreene@bellsouth.net.

Thank you for considering this request.

Carlene Switzer-Greene

Program Manager

Belmont CDC

700 Parkwood Ave, Suite 204

Charlotte, NC 28205

Direct#: 704.379.7471

Fax#: 704.332.6929

carlenegreene@bellsouth.net

 

Your donation is Tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

 

Is A New Puppy or Kitten on Your List to Santa?

Rabies shots are free to all Mecklenburg County residents who have dogs, cats and/or ferrets over the age of 4 months.

Visit the Rabies Clinic page to make sure that you have everything you need the day of the clinic which will help lower your wait time.

Char-Meck Pet licensing can be purchased the same day. Visit the Licensing page for the fees.

Micro​chips are $10 per pet. This fee includes the cost of the chip itself, registration in the Char-Meck database, AND the registration to the national database through Pet Link. Owners who would like to purchase a microchip are NOT limited toMecklenburg County. Pets should be at least 8 weeks old when receiving a microchip. Visit the Microchip page​ for complete details.

Event Details

Start Date: 12/9/2017

Start Time: 8:00 AM

End Date: 12/9/2017

End Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Animal Care & Control

Address: 8315 Byrum Dr Charlotte NC 28217 Get map

2017 Audit Report

Members of the community, Jonathan Kearney and Arthur McGruder, were asked to complete an audit of the Belmont Community Association (“the Association”), its financial activities, expenditures, and compliance with applicable rules and regulations for year ended December 31, 2017. The audit team’s findings are outlined in the PDF below along with scope limitations and suggestions.

 

Audit-Report-2017

 

View or Print the Audit here.

 

 

Nominations Slate for 2018 Board of Directors

The Nominations Committee is tasked with preparing a slate of officers to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting (December 5, 2017). The committee should be chaired by the immediate past president and include 2 additional members at large. Since there is no immediate past president, Vicki Jones, the current president, convened committee members that were voted on by the members at the October community meeting. Committee members are Minister Anderson, Amber Gregory, and Carol Ward.

The bylaws state that the Belmont Community Association (BCA) shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of no less than three (3) members. Board members must be members in good standing prior to and during the service term(s). The makeup of the board should strive to be a majority of residents with representation from the other membership types – non-resident property owners, organizations, and businesses. The term for all offices is one year, starting in January, or until their successors are elected and qualified. Officers can be elected for 3 consecutive terms. After that, they must sit out for 1 term before running for the same office again. Upon exception, term limits can be extended if vetted and recommended by the nominations committee.

The committee presents the following slate of officers; however, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting. The committee will continue to work to fill the open positions (Treasurer, Quality of Life, and Social) and bring a slate to vote in January 2018. The number of years noted below are the number of years the individual has served on the board.

  • Executive Committee
    • President – Vicki Jones (7 years)
    • Vice President – Curtis Bridges (1 year)
    • Secretary – Lindsay Olson (filled vacated position in 2017)
    • Treasurer – OPEN
  • At-large Directors
    • Advisory Board Liaison – Minister Anderson (new position)
    • Business Liaison – Kevin Giriunas (1 year)
    • Communications – Kristen Paulet (1 year)
    • Community Engagement – Lauren Nguyen (filled vacated position in 2017)
    • Fundraising / Grants – Diane Adams (7 years in various roles)
    • Land Use – Lorna Allen (2 years)
    • Quality of Life – OPEN
    • Social – OPEN (new position)

2018 Candidates

These candidates were asked to complete a series of questions so you could learn more about their interest in Belmont and serving on the board. Their responses are on the following pages.

President – Vicki Jones (7 years)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 10 years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? While the location and skyline views brought me to Belmont, the neighbors are what keep me here and passionate about the work of the Belmont Community Association.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? I want to serve all our residents and work to blend the needs of both long-term and new residents. I recognize the general changes and development challenges Belmont is facing so I strive to have the best and most knowledgeable people involved to serve the best interest of our community.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. I am a planner/organizer at heart, as well as a life-long learner. I seek opportunities to learn how to better serve Belmont.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes

 

Vice President – Curtis Bridges (1 year)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont?  I’ve lived in Belmont for 4 years, as of this December!
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont?  I love that Belmont is a true urban neighborhood, with neighbors who walk around and know/talk to each other, and buildings which have history and character
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? I would like to see old and new residents of Belmont continue to become comfortable with determining how Belmont grows while remaining “home” for all of us.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. My professional life involves quite a bit of leading/facilitating group efforts, planning, writing, budgeting, and communicating.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes, I currently participate in monthly board and neighborhood meetings and volunteer or attend most BCA events.

 

Secretary – Lindsay Olson (filled vacated position in 2017)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? Just over four years. I moved in October 2013.
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? There is so much! I love my neighbors, the location, walkability, and the architecture. 
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? Seeing our community work together towards common goals to promote inclusiveness, a safe and welcoming neighborhood and to make sure everyone has a voice. A neighborhood in which we support and care for one another. I already see this happening and it is amazing to watch and be a part of!! I am very proud to call Belmont home!!
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes

 

Advisory Board Liaison – Minister Anderson (new position)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? I have lived in the Belmont neighborhood for approximately twenty years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? My favorite aspect of Belmont is the older houses and memories. 
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? I would like to see more community events with the involvement of neighbors. I could be helpful with those changes by reaching out to new and old neighbors as often as possible.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. I worked as the supervisor of Seventh Street Detox Center for approximately ten years. In 1986 our family organized Generations of Change Ministry of which I was the president. I facilitated big events in the Belmont neighborhood at Cordelia Park, Hawthorne School, and the Belmont Center. These events were done under Generations of Change Ministry.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? I am now retired and available to attend monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and to volunteer at BCA events when needed.

 

Business Liaison – Kevin Giriunas (1 year)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont?  I have owned Advent Coworking in Belmont for 2 years.
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? The intention of keeping it special.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? Businesses mixed into the neighborhood (Belmont Ave. specifically). Help support the businesses with marketing and unify all the business owners in Belmont.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc.  We plan events almost every week, I run my own business which forces me to do finance, facility management, and lots of writing. I own and run a coworking space which is focused on building community, so we are always connecting people.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes!

 

Communications – Kristen Paulet (1 year)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 2 years this December!
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? The community and neighbors; the way people will come together to help a cause or fellow neighbor.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes?      I would like to see longtime residents and senior neighbors have more access and awareness to resources and value. We have so many well connected and well-informed residents, and I can help leverage their knowledge and skills through communication channels (both in print and digitally).
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. My career is sharing communication in all formats and connecting resources to those in need. I can bring new ideas while also creating communication formats that connect our “disconnected” residents.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes.

 

Community Engagement – Lauren Nguyen (filled vacated position in 2017)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 2 years 
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? The people and location
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? More community events to get neighbors to interact with each other. Bridging gaps between old and new. Sharing ideas on what they want to see in the community, giving a voice for those that don’t get heard often
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. I do a little event planning, I can be organized when focused (haha), relationship building, and a want to establish trust. 
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes 

 

Fundraising / Grants – Diane Adams (7 years in various roles)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont?  9 years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? Neighbors and walkability.
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? Cleaner streets. I can help by participating in street cleanups.
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. Grant writing, implementation, event planning and housing.
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events? Yes

 

Land Use – Lorna Allen (2 years)

  1. How long have you lived in Belmont? 3 years
  2. What is your favorite aspect of Belmont? I love how many people in the neighborhood care and want to work together to make this a wonderful place to live in Charlotte. From the neighbors who have lived in Belmont their entire lives to the neighbors who moved in just this year – our neighborhood has a strong sense of pride and is comprised of people who care about their neighbors. 
  3. What changes would you like to see happen in Belmont? How could you be helpful with those changes? My goal for Belmont is to encourage positive development and investment that is mindful of the history and integrity of the neighborhood. 
  4. Tell us about your skills, ie. writing, event planning, finance, relationship building, etc. With my background in planning and urban design, I volunteered to co-chair the land use committee to identify, research, and inform on land use issues that impact the Vision of the Belmont Community. 
  5. Are you able to commit to monthly board meetings, neighborhood meetings, and volunteering at BCA events?  Yes

 

Open Roles

Please consider serving Belmont in the following roles. Email belmontcharlotte@gmail.com if you are interested or want to learn more.

  • Treasurerapproximately 1-2 hrs / month
    • Manage the checking account: deposit money, write checks, monitor statements
    • Report to board and community of account status
    • Track membership, send notice when membership is expiring
    • Support audit committee needs
    • Submit annual tax returns and 501c3 reports
    • Monitor Gmail account
  • Quality of Lifeapproximately 2-3 hrs / month
    • Work with the neighborhood police officers, code enforcement, residents and stakeholders to promote a safe community
    • Act as a liaison with governmental bodies and other institutions / entities in and around the neighborhood
    • Promote neighborhood beautification projects (including quarterly clean up coordination).
    • Monitor Gmail account
  • Socialapproximately 1-2 hrs / month
    • Manage a committee to plan and execute social events throughout the year (including block party, meetups, National Night Out, etc.)
    • Recruit event committee and lead planner for each event. Role does not have to plan each event, but work and support the lead planner
    • Monitor Gmail account

Centra Square Update (11/14/17)

The Centra Square affordable and senior housing development is nearing completion.

Affordable units are anticipated to be available January/February 2018, while senior housing – Moss Place at Centra Square – is anticipated for March/April 2018.

Centra Square staff will begin accepting “Pre-Screening Applications” on Monday, November 20th at the temporary leasing office located at 1400 Allen Street. Signage will be located on Allen Street and 17th Street directing applicants to the temporary leasing office.

Below are important notes regarding the application process:

  • Download/print “Pre-Screening Applications” here or from the leasing office
  • Centra Square staff will contact people on the current Interest List
  • Each resident 18+ years of age must complete and submit a Pre-Screening Application, and pay the application fee of $35 for each applicant 18+ years of age
  • Pre-screening will include criminal and credit checks
  • Staff will begin scheduling appointments with pre-screened applicants on November 20th
  • Applicants will be placed on waiting list once pre-screening applications are received by property management;
  • Applicants approved during the pre-screening process will be notified via phone; Once notified, an applicant has 72 hours to submit all additional required documents

 

If you wish to be placed on the current interest list or know someone who does, or if you have specific questions about the application process and schedule, please contact Centra Square Property Management at: 866.902.2298

The temporary leasing office will be open to visitors at 1400 Allen St, Charlotte, NC 28205.

 

 

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