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


Eastland Update on Agenda for Economic Development Meeting

Eastland_sunThe City of Charlotte’s Economic Development and Global Competitiveness Committee will meet on May 21 at 12:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Room CH-14.

The agenda includes a 60 minute presentation on the former Eastland Mall Redevelopment.

Meeting agendas and summaries are available at the Economic Development website.


Hickory Grove Fourth of July Parade: Volunteer Opportunities

HGPC-2012-Slides-810The 47th Annual Hickory Grove Fourth of July Parade and Celebration is looking for volunteers to help with their event. The all-volunteer Hickory Grove Parade Association relies on an army of volunteers and sponsors to make the annual event a success. Visit www.hickorygroveparade.org, email info@hickorygroveparade.org, or call 704-537-0710 or 704-537-2269 for more information.

The Committee meets at the Grove Presbyterian Church, 5735 East WT Harris Blvd. at 7:00pm every Wednesday. New members are welcome!