Foodie Court concept a Knight Cities Challenge grant finalist

Community artist Leslie Scott has designed a creative project that will take on the “food-desert” aspect of our area. With no grocery stores, coffee shops or farmers markets, few restaurants, and no access to arts and culture along our section of Monroe Road, we also lack those natural opportunities to connect and build community. While Meridian Place is attracting amenities to its development, it’s likely to be two to five years before they’ll be a reality.

In the meantime, Leslie has a plan for us to work together to create a “Foodie Court” at the heart of our community. This dynamic gathering space will give neighbors a place to congregate, access to quality food (community garden, farmer’s market, food truck events) and engage local talents (collaborative public art installations, performances by area artists and East Meck choral, theater, and music groups). This space will connect amateur and professional ‘foodies’ RIGHT NOW!

It’s an inspiring plan that Leslie has proposed: a pop-up, flexible, multi-purpose gathering spot accessible to all. To fund this effort, Leslie has applied for some significant local and national grants. Good news:  On January 12, it was announced that Foodie Court for Monroe Road is a finalist (out of 4500 national entries!!!) to the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge.  Stay tuned!

Community Tree Lighting + Bonfire + Refreshments + Carols

Our First Annual Community Tree Lighting was Saturday, December 12, complete with bonfire, caroling, and holiday treats.  The beautiful tree was a generous contribution provided by Bartels Construction Solutions.  Thanks also to the East Mecklenburg Chamber Choir who performed and led caroling, and The Coffee Priest for providing hot chocolate and warm drinks. The tree lights, hay bales, chalk board wish list, and other supplies — and many hours of effort — were donated by a team of individuals who came together in the spirit of the season for their community.

Community Block Party + Food Trucks + Flat Tire Trio

On November 5, 2015, MoRA came together with M Station and Meridian Place and hosted a community block party with a keg, bluegrass, and great food. M Station opened its doors so we could seetheir chic model apartments; Mexican cuisine food truck Tin Kitchen and cupcake specialty Southern Cake Queen provided great food, and the Flat Tire Trio made the evening fun and fantastic. For a few hours, this casual welcoming event was the place for neighbors – singles, families, kids and dogs – to hang out and get to know one another.  Check out the pictures and video.

First Annual Town Hall Meeting at East Meck HS

On September 2, 2015, the Monroe Road Community Association hosted a Town Hall meeting at East Meck High School.  An enthusiastic turnout of 150 confirmed that our community desired a more vibrant, livable area and is ready to come together to create it.  Our presenters described how we got here, our achievements to date, the unique assets available to us, and what’s in store for the future.  Click here for the PowerPoint presentation, and stay tuned for our Second Annual Town Hall Meeting planned for September 2016!