Urban Design

Belmont Neighborhood Character and Corridor Study

Project Scope

The neighborhood character and corridor study for the Belmont Avenue corridor will identify potential opportunities for preservation of the neighborhood’s unique character and qualities, as well as develop schematic design guidelines and vision plan for the corridor. The study is being conducted by the UNC Charlotte – School of Architecture – City Building Lab (UNCC) in collaboration with the Belmont Community Association (BCA), and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department. The study is anchored in engagement with the local community and led by a steering committee consisting of key neighborhood, City, and organizational representatives.

The outcome of the study will be the result of a consensus driven process that will provide guidelines to:

  • Preserve and enhance the neighborhood's unique character and heritage;
  • Inform on future infill criteria;
  • Reshape and reactivate deteriorating built environments;
  • Promote the growth of a healthy and diverse community; and
  • Reestablish Belmont Avenue as the vibrant center of the neighborhood


Former Farrar Store building sits vacant at the corner of Harrill Street and Belmont Avenue 


Community members map existing conditions & opportunities along the Belmont Ave. corridor


A former grocery store sits vacant along the Belmont Avenue corridor


Seaboard Air Line Railroad bridge (1929) spanning Seigle Ave. one block south of the Belmont Corridor


Community members review analysis prepared by the UNCC City Building Lab researchers


Historic Louise Cotton Mill under renovation for future use as residential lofts 


Architectural character remaining from the textile mill era at Pegram Street and Belmont Avenue 

A community member providing feedback for the study 


Signage displayed at the former Red Front Department Store at Pegram Street & Belmont Ave.