City Council kicks off 2018 at full strength

Jeremy Mills
jeremy.mills@charlottenc.gov
1/8/2018

​​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeremy Mills, Charlotte Communications & Marketing
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City Council kicks off 2018 at full strength       

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2018) – On Monday night, Mayor Vi Lyles and the Charlotte City Council were joined by newly sworn-in Council Member Matt Newton. The first meeting of the full council included several notable actions.

Matt Newton Joins City Council
Councilman Matt Newton has taken his seat on the Charlotte City Council after being sworn in Monday night. Newton was on an overseas trip during the City Council's oath of office ceremony on Dec. 4, 2017. He now joins five other newly-elected members; all are under the age of 40.

Council Approves Designation of Julius Chambers Memorial Highway
City Council has finalized a NCDOT plan to name a portion of I-85 after a North Carolina civil rights advocate. The portion of I-85 from the I-77 interchange to the I-85 connector will now be known as the Julius Chambers Memorial Highway.

Chambers, from Mount Gilead, is best known as the former director of the Legal Defense Fund from 1984-1993. He also founded the first integrated law firm in North Carolina, where he worked to advance civil rights through cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

CATS Presents Charlotte Gateway Station Project
After ten years in the making, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has announced that the design and engineering phase of the new Charlotte Gateway Station is nearly complete.

The project will include five new bridges at West Fourth, Trade, Fifth and Sixth Streets and at Cedar/Greenway, and will include two 2,000-foot-long station tracks along with a passenger boarding platform and canopy. It is expected to reduce conflicts with freight operations and increase reliability for passenger service.

The Charlotte Gateway Station is the keystone project of the 2030 System Plan.

2018 Council Retreat Planned
The city announced plans for this year's annual council retreat. It has been proposed to be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 in Durham, N.C. Specific details of the retreat are not yet finalized. An agenda will be released when the plans are complete.

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