On June 30, Charlotte EAST held a community forum on Eastland and the dual-language CMS magnet school at the site. The forum was well attended and featured special guest presenters.
Pat Mumford, director of the Neighborhood & Business Services department, reviewed his recent presentation to City Council. He showed how the guiding principles Charlotte EAST developed through open community design charrettes align with recommendations of the parcel developed by the City and most recently by visiting award-winning architect Alejandro Aravena.
Ann Clark, superintendent of CMS, followed with a presentation about the plans for a dual-language K-8 Magnet school at the site. She said the school would mirror the very successful and popular Collinswood Language Academy. Collinswood is currently the magnet school with the largest waitlist. She also showed that many east Charlotte students currently travel to Collinswood. A mirror program at Eastland would be closer to home. Further, Clark showed the enrollment numbers for east Charlotte elementary schools. All of them are over capacity – many nearing 150% of designed capacity. The newest elementary school, Lawrence Orr on Shamrock Drive, is at 93% capacity after its first year of operation. Projections in the birth-4 year old population are driving the demand for a new school and the money for the school is available from a previously issued bond. Clark shared examples of how developers are asking CMS to integrate schools into residential and commercial development. The new school would open for the 2018-19 school year first with K-2 students and would increase enrollment each year as that cohort moves up.
Both Mumford and Clark underlined their cooperation in ensuring the design of the school fits with the goals of the high quality development the community expects at Eastland. They took questions from the audience during their presentations and stayed after the meeting talking to attendees. They welcomed further resident input and offered to return to speak with us as often as we ask them.
John Autry, City Council District 5 representative, and Trevor Fuller, Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners were in also in attendance.
Kilborne Drive Streetscape Drop-In Meeting
Thursday, June 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kilborne Park, 2600 Kilborne Avenue
Projects for the Central/Albemarle/Shamrock area are starting! The Kilborne Drive streetscape is the first phase of the Old Potter Road Trail. This project will provide better pedestrian crossing, traffic calming, streetscape and landscaping. Walking tours will take place at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Visit the project page to learn more.
The NCDOT has advised that the new contractor on the Independence widening project has asked for a delayed completion date of Summer 2017. Find more details of the project here.
E.A.S.T. – Eastland Area Strategy Team Invites you to an interactive forum:
Establishing a Charlotte Mecklenburg School on the Eastland Site:
Plans, Opportunities and Challenges
Featuring presentations by:
Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Director of the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Amity Presbyterian Church
2831 N Sharon Amity Rd
Charlotte, NC 28205
A Center for Health, Education and Opportunity is planned for the site of what is currently the Shamrock Senior Center. The 6,000-square-foot center will open in the fall, at which point all senior programs will be moved to the nearby Methodist Home Park.
From the article:
Aldersgate, a continuing care retirement community, is the driving force behind the initiative and is supplying the center facility, which is located on the nonprofit’s 231-acre campus on Shamrock Drive. Partners include UNC Charlotte’s College of Education and College of Health and Human Services, as well as the Johnston YMCA. Seniors who live at Aldersgate will serve as volunteers for the site’s programming.
In addition to children’s education programs, the center will provide families in the area with access to community-based health and disease-prevention services.
History Talks Lecture Series: Warren Bingham’s book George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour
4 July 2016 at 12:15 pm
3500 Shamrock Drive
Author Warren Bingham will discuss his new book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour. The author will be available to sign copies of the book after his presentation. This event is in conjunction with the museum’s Fourth of July Celebration.
Free for members, $5.00 public, $20.00 for families.
Please register at http://www.charlottemuseum.org/Register.asp
For more information, please call 704-568-1774, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belmont Neighborhood Walking Tour
16 July 2016 at 10:30 am
Tour begins and ends at Intermezzo Pizzeria & Cafe, 1427 E. 10th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
Join us for an hour long walking tour of the Belmont neighborhood. Belmont began as Charlotte’s first working-class textile mill village. Today, the diverse neighborhood is in the midst of transformation as persons seek single-family homes in close proximity to Uptown.
Free and open to the public. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Please pre-register on our website at www.charlottemuseum.org
An Evening of Charlotte Film at the Charlotte Museum of History
2 June 2016 at 7:30 pm
3500 Shamrock Drive
The Charlotte Museum of History will host an evening of short films directed by local artists. Notable films from the 2014 and 2015 Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project (www.48hourfilm.com/charlotte-nc) will be screened and the films’ directors will be on hand for Q&A. The event will begin at 7:30 pm with beer, wine and hor d’oeuvres, followed by the screening of the films.
Open to the public. Donations are requested. All proceeds will be split between the Museum and Studio 345 (www.asceducation.org/studio-345).
Preregistration is required.
Call 704-568-1774, or email us at email@example.com.
East Side Opportunity Listening Tour event hosted by the YMCA and the Opportunity Task Force
Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Simmons Branch YMCA
During the East Side Listening Tour, we will:
- Learn about Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s opportunity gaps
- Share our views on economic realities and ideas
- Find out more about how we can help build opportunity
East Side Opportunity Listening Tour
When: Thursday, May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons YMCA, 6824 Democracy Drive Charlotte, NC 28212
Registration: Register at opportunitycharmeck.org or click here.
Childcare and dinner will be provided to everyone who pre-registers.
The Grove Park/Ravenwood Garden & Art Tour is May 15 starting at 1pm. Begin at the Triangle (Terry Lane and Linda Lake Dr.) where you will find artists, vendors, and maps of the many homes that are on the tour. Take a minute to shop, maybe find a few plants at our plant sale, or items for your home, then set out to be welcomed by neighbors to their private gardens. It’s an amazing once-a-year event you don’t want to miss!