The Park Woodlawn area is recognized as one of Charlotte's most vibrant, attractive and diverse areas. The dynamic blend of mature neighborhoods led by engaged community leaders and residents, along with a thriving mixed-use activity center containing longstanding local businesses and active civic institutions, help form part of this thriving community.
The Montford Drive parking and circulation study is a major step toward implementing key aspects of the Park Woodlawn Area Plan, which was adopted by City Council in June of 2013 following an extensive public involvement process that included streetscape concepts for Montford Drive. The Park Woodlawn Area Plan sets forth a vision for this area by moving forward with a focus on neighborhoods, open space, transportation infrastructure and a mixed-use activity center. Transportation policy T-2 (on page 30 of the plan) is to "support the viability of Montford Drive as a destination Main Street." The study area is bounded by Park Road, Woodlawn Road, Mockingbird Lane and Little Sugar Creek.
This project will extend the current a dead-end street off Montford Drive between Angry Ale's and Southside to provide a roadway connection between Montford Drive and Abbey Place. Work will include building a retaining wall, milling, a partial asphalt overlay and partial restriping of an existing parking lot.
This project will also include a new traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Montford Drive and Woodlawn Road.
Montford Drive has emerged organically as a destination for dining and entertainment, but it faces challenges in parking and pedestrian access. Streetscape enhancements such additional on-street parking and increased connection are recommended to help create a "park once" environment that retains and strengthens this business and entertainment district.