Welcome to East Charlotte, Pure Pizza

Charlotte Agenda and the Charlotte Business Journal recently announced the Pure Pizza will soon open in East Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood. Welcome to the ‘hood! Pure Pizza will be on Central Ave where Lulu’s used to be. They’re aiming for a June opening.

Word has it that they’re planning to grow some of their own produce on site and will utilize water harvesting and composting.

East Charlotte continues to be a great place to start and grow a business – Central Ave is Charlotte’s premiere small business incubator!


CNIP Meeting June 4 at 6:00pm

CNIP-Meeting-AdThe City of Charlotte is making investments in East Charlotte through the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP).

The next public meeting will be held on June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Midwood International & Cultural Center at 1817 Central Avenue.

If you live, work, or play in East Charlotte, this is an opportunity to share what is important to you!

Click HERE to see the full flyer in Spanish and English. 


Where would you want to live in CLT?: Vote now!

streetcar on Trade 315*304The Charlotte Business Journal put up a poll to its readers and invites you to chime in. If you could live anywhere in the Charlotte region, where would you choose? Take a minute to share your East Charlotte pride and vote for or write in your favorite neighborhood! Click HERE to take the poll.


Levine Properties’ Apartment Building Under Construction in Plaza-Midwood

PMLP1Levine Properties has been in the news lately for their major project in uptown Charlotte’s First Ward neighborhood. However, they’re also underway with a much smaller boutique apartment building in East Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.

The Plaza-Midwood project is going up at the corner of Commonwealth Ave and St. Julien Street. It will consist of 105 units made up of 80 studio and one bedroom apartments and the remainder in two and three bedroom models. The location is in the middle of Plaza-Midwood and just steps from the Common Market, Harris Teeter, and other neighborhood amenities.

In a Charlotte Business Journal article, Levine Properties president, Daniel Levine said, “That neighborhood will be good for a very long time (referring to Plaza-Midwood), and those are the kinds of neighborhoods we want to be in.”



Windsor Park Neighbors Gather for Memorial Day

WP1Neighbors in East Charlotte’s Windsor Park neighborhood gathered on Memorial Day for a potluck picnic. Several neighbors recently met for the first time through the Windsor Park Facebook page and decided to have an impromptu celebration. Neighbors worked together to make the gathering a success contributing food and fixings for the event.

Approximately thirty neighbors enjoyed meeting with each other and taking in the beautiful weather. Children enjoyed games and bubbles while neighbors got to spend time getting to know one another.

The group was grateful to the dedicated volunteers that coordinated the event as well as the Aldersgate Community for allowing the group to meet at their property on Somerdale Lane. The group looks forward to future events and opportunities to connect.


QuikTrip Builds an East Charlotte Presence

QT1Convenience and gasoline retailer QuikTrip has been building a presence in East Charlotte over the past few years. Two locations are already open – one on Albemarle Road at Regal Oaks Drive and another on Eastway Drive in the Eastway Crossing Shopping Center.

Construction has begun on another QuikTrip location at the corner of Central Ave and N Sharon Amity Road. This location was formerly home to a long-closed gas station. The proximity to the former Eastland Mall site made this location more controversial. There was debate of the appropriateness of this use so close to potential redevelopment opportunities at Eastland.

Demolition of the old gas station building has been completed and site work has begun. QT2 QT3


Morningside Village Apartments Under Construction in Plaza Midwood

PM APT3Like many areas near uptown Charlotte, the Plaza-Midwood area has seen a lot of new apartment construction. It was recently reported that Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and the influx of new residents seems to be generating a lot of demand for new housing.

The Morningside Village apartments project is under construction. This development is located between Central Ave and Commonwealth Ave. The first phase of the development will feature 384 apartments and 17 townhome apartments overlooking Veterans Park.

Morningside Village is planned with more greenspace than is usually found in in-fill projects. The plans feature courtyards, private gardens, and a dog park. Our new neighbors will enjoy living close to uptown and our own unique shops and restaurants!

I stopped by today a took a few pictures to share!



Favorite Memory of East Charlotte from the Central/Albemarle/Shamrock CNIP Meeting

Neighbors at the recent Central Albemarle Shamrock Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) shared their favorite memories of living on the east side. Join the conversation at the next CNIP meeting on June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Midwood International & Cultural Center at 1817 Central Ave.


Update on Eastland

Eastland_sunToday City of Charlotte leaders received an update on the plan for the former Eastland Mall site. The latest plan includes street car stops, a major park, and a school.

You can view media coverage of the proposal here.

Follow this link to download the presentation of the plan.


Mec Dec Day Celebration at The Charlotte Museum of History

untitledThe  Charlotte Museum of History is hosting a

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:00 am-5:00 pm 
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC

Tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site $5.00

Children’s Craft Activities – Free

Mec Dec Lap Book with the Mecklenburg Junior Historians Club

Animals of the Carolina Backcountry

1:00 p.m. NC Humanities Council Road Scholar Program – Free

Randell Jones, “Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain”
Enjoy the fascinating history of the Carolina and Virginia overmountain men who fought bravely and passionately to defeat the British at Kings Mountain in 1780. Randell Jones, author of Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain is a recipient of the 2006 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians and a past president of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. He consults with the National Park Service on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

3:00 p.m. Scenes from “Shout Freedom!” by LeGette Blythe – Free

Selected scenes will be performed by the director and cast members of the drama, “Liberty Mountain.” “Shout Freedom!” tells the story of Mecklenburg’s Declaration of Independence

“Liberty Mountain” will be performed June 26-July 19 at Kings Mountain Little Theater in Kings Mountain