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Monroe-Idlewild Development: Why You Should Attend Wednesday’s Meeting

We learned a month ago that some exciting development is coming to the Monroe Road and Idlewild Road intersection. MoRA representatives met with the developers over a month ago, and have since met with the Charlotte Area Transit System and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department. There are a lot of moving parts and we have tried to get an idea on how it will shake out.

 

For any new development on Monroe Road, we generally ask the following questions:
• Is what is proposed an appropriate gateway statement for our area?
• Is it welcoming to access by bikes and pedestrians?
• Can it function as a community gathering spot?
• Does it offer mixed-use as guided by city plans?
• Will it be able to shift to accommodate the Silver Line along Independence as that is built?
• Is it complementary to nearby properties?
• Is this the highest and best use of the site?

We love the plan to bring another grocery store to our area. The Monroe-Idlewild intersection is severely underserved, especially when it comes to grocery stores. The current buildings have fallen into disrepair and are in desperate need of replacement. Plans for the Silver Line suggest possibly putting a light rail station within walking distance of this area, and new commercial property could turn our area into a destination than simply a pass-through. The prominent intersection has a lot of potential, but early plans appear very suburban. City planning suggests our area should have mixed-use, like what we see at Meridian Place and the proposed Oakhurst Square one mile away.

Wednesday’s community meeting (hosted by the petitioner/developer and mandated by the rezoning process) is the time to be sure new construction includes things that are important for you and for the neighborhood. Do you think the plans have enough green space and walkable areas? Might this be a community gathering place that will be enhanced by a potential light rail station? Are designs appealing and materials high quality? Will Monroe Road have creative building frontage – or a view of parking lots? Should there be a mix of commercial and residential?

Voice your thoughts 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 14 at the Independence Library, and ensure that new construction is in line with your vision of the area.

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Reshaping MoRA’s Future – Weigh In!

DSC_0125WEIGH IN ON THE FUTURE OF MORA AT OUR SECOND ANNUAL GOVERNMENT OPEN HOUSE

Meet your reps at MoRA’s Second Annual Government Open House – Wednesday, October 12 from 5:30-6:30 at East Mecklenburg High School’s media center; immediately afterwards, from 6:30 – 7:30, learn about key projects that can reshape MoRA’s land use and transportation future.

Development and revitalization doesn’t happen overnight. It occurs months and years ahead of time. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet and discuss with countless members of the local government the changes and future of our cherished area. They will cover updates on construction, development, traffic, land use, and the future of the Monroe Road corridor.

Government Open House from 5:30 to 6:30

  • Construction update on Independence Boulevard
  • The latest on the Silver Line
  • MoRA items in November’s bond package
  • Learn about new McAlpine Greenway events
  • Meet your community’s police officers
  • Find out about new happenings at the Independence Regional Library
  • Updates from Charlotte’s Economic Development department
  • Charlotte’s lead paint abatement initiative
  • Hear the latest from the Public Information Office

Land use development changes from 6:30 to 7:00

Planning wants to update and modernize Charlotte’s zoning and development process to meet the changing needs of a rapidly growing city. More information is available on the Planning Department’s website. Changes may include:

  • New neighborhood requirements
  • Mix of commercial and residential areas
  • Sidewalk placements

Learning what is under consideration will give MoRA stakeholders an edge on harnessing any new code to bring desired area improvements.

Development of Monroe Road intersections from 7:00 to 7:30

The City’s Idlewild/Rama/Monroe Intersection (IRMI) project team will introduce this long-range project at MoRA’s Oct. 12 Workshop. The team will identify and plan for future improvements at these intersections, such as:

  • The future of this part of Monroe road
  • Improve mobility and accessibility at these intersections
  • Support the right types of private development at these sites
  • Learn how to mix pedestrian, bicyclist, public transit, and motorist traffic

Currently, the team is beginning the planning stage. That makes your input crucially important. Weigh in while changes can be considered. More information can be found on charlottefuture.com.

Visit the media center at East Mecklenburg High School between 5:30 and 6:30 on Oct. 12 to meet with representatives of over 14 state and local government agencies. Don’t miss this chance to be involved with the biggest future changes for southeast Charlotte.

 

Join Us for a Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Oct. 10!

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Join us for MoRA Night at Buffalo Wild Wings!

Ten percent of every check will be donated back to MoRA to support our annual holiday tree lighting and party. Simply bring the ticket on the back of your town hall program (download) or just mention that you are with MoRA to participate.

When: October 10, 2016 – 10:00a-until

Where: Buffalo Wild Wings – 2530 Sardis Road N, Charlotte, NC 28227

 

2nd Annual MoRA Public Town Hall: Shaping Future of Southeast Charlotte

“In 30 years of grassroots organizing, I’ve never seen a community group achieve as much, recruit as many volunteers and change area perceptions as quickly as MoRA”.  Mary Hopper, Community Consultant, MoRA Advisor

MoRA is excited to close out a year of rapid improvement in the Monroe Road corridor, but we are already looking forward to another year of bigger and faster revitalization. Our 2nd annual public town hall, on September 14th at East Mecklenburg High School, will cover our aggressive plans to shape and rejuvenate southeast Charlotte. We want to engage neighbors and stakeholders to align our visions and create the most appealing area of town.

Join us to learn about what we have accomplished in the last year, updates about the area, progress on the Silver Line light rail plans, and our plans for 2016 to 2017. MoRA has planned events and projects for the upcoming year that will make our neighborhood a closer and more unified community.

Lastly, we will officially unveil a significant collaborative community project that will give the Monroe Road corridor a much-needed sense of identity. We envision the venture engaging the public, propelling development, and putting the MoRA area on the map.

Come be a part of the exciting Monroe Road future on September 14th at the East Mecklenburg High School auditorium at 6:15 p.m.MoRA_TownHall_poster_2016