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In November 2014, voters approved $20 million for the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP). This project is part of the West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry CNIP
 
Bounded by Beatties Ford Road, Rozzelles Ferry Road and I-77, this enhancement will include five infrastructure projects that promote walking and bike riding along the corridor. All of these projects support the Stewart Creek Greenway, the future development of the Old Savona Mills on Turner Avenue and the CityLYNX Gold Line station locations on West Trade. This project will also provide exposure to Martin Luther King Park​. ​
 
Following are the five infrastructure projects as part of the West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry connectivity enhancement project:
 
  • ​​​Turner Avenue streetscape (Rozzelles Ferry Road to State Street) - This project will connect the Eleanor Heights, Smallwood, Wesley Heights, Biddleville and Seversville communities​ to a major mixed-use activity center proposed by the redevelopment of the Old Savona Mills and surrounding properties.

  • State Street pedestrian improvements (Turner Avenue to Five Points) - This project will transform State Street into a pedestrian-friendly street. It will be a connection between major trip generators at each end of the corridor, as well as Johnson C. Smith University and the private development of Old Savona Mills. This project is intended to encourage future development within the Eleanor Heights community and provide access to the CityLYNX Gold Line station and neighborhood businesses.

  • Street connectivity (Stewart Avenue to Chamberlain Avenue) - The project is intended to improve access and visibility for Martin Luther King Park and the future Stewart Creek Greenway and to enhance the adjacent private development proposed by Argos Realty. Because of the project’s proximity to the Stewart Creek floodway, initial work will evaluate the project’s feasibility in light of the floodway-related construction requirements. If the project proves to be feasible, final planning and design will proceed.​

  • ​Street connectivity (Yellowstone Drive to Zebulon Drive) - The project is intended to improve access and visibility for Martin Luther King Park and the County’s future Stewart Creek Greenway and to encourage private development along Rozzelles Ferry Road and the business park on Zebulon Drive. Because this project would involve a crossing of the Stewart Creek floodway, initial work will evaluate the project’s feasibility in light of floodway-related construction requirements. If the project proves to be feasible, final planning and design will proceed.

  • St​ate Street pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements - The project will connect the current greenway within the Wesley Heights neighborhood and the proposed Stewart Creek greenway managed by County Park and Recreation. Private development of the Old Savona Mills site also drives the implementation of this project. 

  • Rozzelles Ferry pedscape - This project will provide refuge medians at key locations along Rozzelles Ferry Road from South Garner Avenue to the intersection of Rozzelles Ferry, 5th Street, Beatties Ford Road and West Trade Street. Wheelchair ramp improvements will also be implemented.

  • To provide the residents, Johnson C. Smith University and commercial property owners with a safe road system, including pedestrian and ​bike​ amenities and access to the CityLYNX Gold Line station

  • To provide residents a pedestrian-friendly and safe route to the proposed Stewart Creek Greenway, Martin Luther King Park, the future development of Old Savona Mills and the CityLYNX Gold Line station on West Trade

  • To keep residents informed of key milestones with mailers and website updates during each phase​

A series of neighborhood meetings, public meetings, stakeholder interviews and charrettes were held during the pre-planning phase for the West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry CNIP. The project team met with more than 400 residents and attended more than 60 neighborhood meetings. To view details, visit the West Trade/Rozzelles CNIP page​.​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To be determined

​​​​The Community Investment Plan approved by City Council in 2013 calls for voters to consider approval of funding for a number of infrastructure programs. Voters approved bond financing in 2014 and will vote on further bond financing in 2016, 2018 and 2020. For this project, if voters approve funding, City staff engages the community to determine the details of what will ultimately be built. Once these details are known, the cost of the project is estimated and published. Learn more about the Community Investment Plan at http://charlottefuture.com​


 

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