Neighborhood Bash

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MoRA hosts FirstAnnual Neighborhood Bash

Thursday, May 19, from 7-10 PM at 6215 Forest Way Drive

MoRA invites Monroe Road area residents and businesses to its First Annual Neighborhood Bash, 7-10 p m, Thursday, May 19.  The event will be held in the recently opened M Station Apartments’ clubhouse, 6215 Forest Way Dr.

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MoRA’s free, family-friendly, pet-friendly event is a way for neighbors to celebrate the activities that have taken place and are being planned with and for the community, and to welcome the development that is coming to the area.

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Neighborhood Bash attendees will be treated to Hawthorne’s NY Pizza, which will open its eighth restaurant in the Meridian Place mixed-use development this fall.  This event also brings back the jam/bluegrass band Flat Tire Trio, which was a hit at last year’s block party.

Information will also be on the evening’s agenda, with updates on upcoming MoRA work, communication enhancements and events.  Area businesses have been invited to bring business cards so neighbors can get to know them. 

For the growing number of volunteers working on MoRA projects, May 19 will be a celebration of what has been accomplished and a chance to show community members what is being planned. For interested neighbors, May 19 will offer a chance for a closer look inside the Monroe Rd area’s first mixed-use project. 

What MoRA has accomplished

Since its formation 16 months ago, MoRA has held a Town Hall, offered training sessions on transportation and land use planning, and run an open house so government agencies could interact with area residents.  In addition to a block party last November, the group organized a December holiday tree lighting that will be an annual event.   MoRA is also monitoring area transportation projects including the Silver Line, and has conducted a strategic planning retreat.  In addition to its Foodie Court project that was a finalist for a Knight Foundation grant, MoRA received and completed a marketing grant from the City’s Neighborhood & Business Services (NBS) and has initiated a new NBS grant to enhance MoRA’s community outreach and communication.  It created a website, (MoRAclt.org) Facebook, and Twitter pages to strengthen two-way communication with area stakeholders. 

MoRA is a grassroots organization that came together in 2015 to shape the rebirth of Monroe Road and the evolving corridor between Sharon-Amity and Sardis Road North. MoRA was created with the goal of engaging all stakeholders to create a more vital and vibrant community.  MoRA aims to promote and support the social, educational, cultural, artistic, and economic vitality of this diverse, welcoming area of Charlotte. To volunteer, or to sign up to receive MoRA’s newsletters, go to MoRAclt.org.