Zaxby’s to Open May 9 in Charlotte East

Investors and developers know a good thing when they see it. The area on Charlotte’s far eastern edge is seeing a surge of new development. The latest addition is a new Zaxby’s restaurant that will open on May 9 at 8905 Albemarle Road. The first 100 guest will receive a Zaxby’s fanatic pack.

43879 ZAX Charlotte, NC - GO E-blast (1)

Share

Celebrate Mother’s Day in East Charlotte at The Van LanLandingham Estate

Mother’s Day is next Sunday. You can celebrate mom in style with brunch in East Charlotte at The VanLandingham Estate. Reservation time are available at 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 1:30pm. Space is limited at time is running out. Reserve your spot today!

Mother's Day 2016

Share

Details on the Proposal to Sell 11.4 Acres of Eastland Site to CMS

Eastland Concept PlanReview for yourself the details of the proposal to sell 11.4 acres of the Eastland Site to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Click for a link to PDF of the presentation.

Share

Charlotte Neighborhood Walking Tour- NoDa

CMH12_home_01The Charlotte Museum of History Presents: Charlotte Neighborhood Walking Tour- NoDa
7 May 2016 at 10:30 am and 11:00 am
Join us for an hour walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood, an eclectic arts district and community that began as a mill village. The tour will begin and end at Heist Brewery, 2909 North Davidson Street. Following the tour, we will host a reception. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Preregistration required.
Free and open to the public.
Please click here to register.

Heist Brewery
2909 North Davidson Street #200
Charlotte, NC 28205

Contact information for the event:
info@charlottemuseum.org
704-568-1774
www.charlottemuseum.org

Share

Clayworks Spring Sale April 1 & 2

Clayworks is presenting it’s Annual Spring Sale on April 1 & 2, 2016.

The Gallery is open during the sale and daily by appointment, call 704-344-0795

Featuring a diverse selection of handmade pottery and ceramic sculpture created by Clayworks instructors and studio artists.

Join the fun and bring a friend

Clayworks
4506 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Clayworks Artists:
Susan Benoit, Karla Chambers, Dorothy Cole, Adrienne Dellinger, John Ferraris, John Freeman, Susan Hughes, Ralph Jannelli, Anita Joglekar, Kim Marcadis, Jeff Pender, Ann Prock, Greg Scott, Ju-Ian Shen, Rae Stark, Becky Story, Kimberly Tyrrell, & Judith Wood
Clayworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the ceramic arts, development of artists and students, and enrichment of the communities it serves.

Share

WTVI PBS Charlotte – A Charlotte East Gem

Did you know that WTVI PBS Charlotte calls Charlotte East home? The station is located off of Commonwealth Ave in east Charlotte. WTVI has served Charlotte for more than 50 years!

WTVI is more than quality television programming. The station supports activities in the community like the upcoming conversation with former Negro League Baseball players related to the screening of a new Ken Burns documentary. In honor of Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) premiere of Ken Burns’ new documentary “Jackie Robinson” on April 11 and 12, WTVI PBS Charlotte will host a panel discussion with former Negro League baseball players, as well as a screening of the new film, on April 4 at its studio.

 

.

Share

Free Activity at The Charlotte Museum of History: World Autism Awareness Day

CMH12_home_01World Autism Awareness Day Chalk Festival and Craft Activity
April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join the Charlotte Museum of History as we host a Chalk Festival to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Artists will be creating exciting images outside, while people inside can create a puzzle piece to add to a community puzzle!
Free and open to the public. Please register at http://www.charlottemuseum.org/RegisterFree.asp

The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215

www.charlottemuseum.org
info@charlottemuseum.org
704-568-1774

Share

Tickets On Sale Now: Global Table Culinary Walking Tour Comes to Charlotte April 9

KabobPlatterWSteakChicken1Charlotte East is home to some of the Charlotte region’s most intriguing international flavors and markets! This tour for adventurous foodies explores 10 culturally rich businesses located along North Sharon Amity Road and Central Avenue. The owners will share stories and flavors of Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. You’ll see kitchen tools, ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world while sampling cherished, sometimes ancient recipes.

Tickets: $40 Available Now: Click here to buy yours now!
Global Table Culinary Tours Facebook Page

Stroll • Taste • Shop
Saturday, April 9, 8:45 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Presented by Spice Roads Productions and E.A.S.T., the volunteer board that also brings you the ever-popular Taste of the World culinary tour each October. Note: Tour continues rain or shine.

Share

Eastland Areas Strategies Team (EAST) Position on Development at Eastland Mall Site

The letter below from the leadership of the Eastland Area Strategies Team (EAST) was sent to community leaders and stakeholders in December 2015 regarding planned re-development at Eastland Mall.

As co-chairs of the Eastland Area Strategies Team (EAST), we find the most recent conversations regarding the redevelopment of the former Eastland Mall site disappointing and discouraging. Members of the County Commission have lamented a lack of “big” and “wow” in what had emerged from years of planning and collaboration. Some have even questioned why the City Council voted to purchase the Eastland Mall property in the first place, saying real estate professionals could do a much better job of getting the property back onto the tax rolls, which usually means that developers could find the “highest and best use” for the property. In real estate parlance, HBU often means one thing: what use will maximize profit for the developer. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless it’s disintegrated with a longer term strategic vision for an entire area of our city.

Recall that the Eastland property was owned by several entities, all of whom could have maximized profit with their own little pieces: fast food joints, a strip mall or two, a big box store or two. None of those things would have helped the surrounding neighborhoods. Rather they would have propelled Central Avenue farther toward what former Mayor McCrory once called South Boulevard: a “Corridor of Crap”. A core City responsibility in all things is to look out for the long-term public interest. By consolidating the parcels into one, they were looking out for the long term public interest by enabling a unified plan for the area. That’s something that those whose goal is to maximize short-term profits either can’t or won’t do.

What EAST and the communities we represent have tried to promote is integration of a lesser-known real estate term: “Public Interest Use”. We’ve sought to have this principle become an integrated part of a larger market-driven project. The term often refers to parks, environmental protection, wetlands, green space, multi-use trails. It could also include schools and farmers markets. These things don’t put money directly into a developer’s pocket, but they definitely create stability, certainty and add long-term value to surrounding neighborhoods…which eventually means more for the tax rolls. All of the feedback received from small, medium and large developers has been that a “catalyst” was absent and would be needed to create the private equity momentum needed to do a truly aspirational, market-forward development. They noted that without a catalyst, we were likely to get “more of the same”. The development community agreed that a unique school, park, infrastructure and supportive zoning are the types of catalysts that would attract substantial private equity to the site.

In his book “Good to Great”, Jim Collins discusses the paradox that aptly applies to this project…an unyielding faith that you’ll prevail, coupled with a willingness to face the brutal facts. That has been EAST’s reality for more than ten years now. So by asking for a “wow” factor from the City, perhaps County Commissioners are missing the point, by ignoring the consensus from east side communities, as well as the economic realities on the ground. No one asked what the east side communities have called for. No one talked about what’s “right” for the project. After all, the term “wow” often means emotional, flash-in-the-pan and unsustainable. In this case it might suggest a lot of money spent on one project with huge visibility and huge potential for failure if it ends up being something people and communities don’t relate to and value.

We take no ownership in any one plan that’s emerged for this site over the years. That’s not our charge. With that said, we feel it’s critically important to refocus attention on the core Principles around which consensus has emerged throughout eastside communities for whatever the future might hold for this important project. From the outset, EAST has interacted with neighbors, business owners, and community organizations through community forums, workshops and Charrettes. Through this work, we have created what we refer to as “Qualitative Principles” that we support for development of this site:
(1) Enhance the perceptions of the Eastland area and East Charlotte.
(2) Unify local communities.
(3) Create connectivity and walk ability for surrounding neighborhoods.
(4) Take advantage of natural features.
(5) Create opportunities for civic development.

We have also developed “Qualitative Points” which illustrate practical ways these principles can be carried out. These can be viewed in detail on our website: www.charlotteeast.com . We urge our fellow taxpayers and our city and county leaders to consider these Principles as we continue to plan for the future of the Eastland site. We stand ready to continue our work as community representatives to support a plan that incorporates them.

We’re calling for a solution that is economically viable while taking into account the unique value of this site to a growing, prosperous east Charlotte. We are certain that if done correctly, this project will become a multi-generational catalyst for the entire area. It’s better to get it “right” than “big” or “wow”. And if we get it right, an entire area of Charlotte will be positively impacted for many years to come.

QUALITATIVE PRINCIPLES QUANTITATIVE POINTS
·         Enhance the Perceptions of the Eastland Area and East Charlotte ·         Attract visitors from other areas with unique opportunities for employment, housing, retail, cultural activities, entertainment, quality of life/wellness

 

·         Unify Local Communities ·         Provide retail and service amenities for local residents of all demographics (e.g., grocery store, coffee shop, bookstore, restaurants). Build on existing trend of the East side’s cultural diversity & international communities.
·         Create Connectivity and Walk ability for Surrounding Neighborhoods ·         Integrate development into the existing Central Avenue corridor

·         Promote connectivity to downtown by strengthening relationship to mass transit options.

·         increase safety through active streets.

·         Take Advantage of Natural Features ·         Development of dedicated and flexible Open Space to include restoration and/or development of existing natural water feature to reinforce natural site connections, marketability and quality of life.
·         Create Opportunity for Civic Development ·         Incorporate school, community center, athletic and recreation facilities, “Express Y”
Share

Better to Rent or Buy in Charlotte East

East Charlotte is a great place to live, work, and play but is it better to rent or buy a home in East Charlotte? Recent reports indicate that the cost of rent is rising in Charlotte. The cost of rent and continuing low mortgage rates mean that many people find that this is a good time to buy a home. East Charlotte is fortunate to have many established neighborhoods. Other neighborhoods are seeing rapid change as new development and population increases drive the demand for housing. Anyone watching East Charlotte real estate will see that many homes are under contract in just a few days – many with multiple full price offers. Yet, the diverse housing options in East Charlotte keep our area affordable for many.

Trying to decide if renting or buying is right for you? Check out this Rent/Buy Calculator from the New York Times. I think it’s the best online resource to help you decide which option may be right for you financially.

If buying a home doesn’t fit your lifestyle or life stage, there are many rental options in East Charlotte. New apartment developments are being built in our area. There are also classic apartment communities. Many real estate firms also list rental homes in East Charlotte.

Share