Newell South neighborhood improvement phase 2

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​part of the Neighborhood Improvement Program 

Project phase

​​A city staff member drove through the area of the on-street demonstration to show how the road briefly narrows and widens out again. The staff member passed two cars traveling the opposite direction. This video has no dialogue.


 Project updates

​The Newell-South Neighborhood project is bounded between North Tryon Street, Orr Road, Rockland Road and West Rocky River Road. In November 2006, voters approved neighborhood improvement bonds for the planning and design of infrastructure improvements within the Newell-South Neighborhood. Approval of the 2010 Neighborhood Bonds allocated funding for construction of the Newell-South Neighborhood Improvement Project. Phase 1 of this project is complete. ​

This project will construct approximately a half mile of new concrete sidewalk on one side of Kemp Street from Gray Drive to Sandy Avenue. Traffic calming, concrete driveway apron, storm drainage facilities, curb and gutter and wheelchair ramps will also be included as part of this project. 

Phase 2 of the Toby Creek Greenway, built by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, is complete and extends through the neighborhood at Rocky River Road and Rockland Drive. The newly constructed concrete sidewalks within the neighborhood will provide a safe pedestrian connection to the greenway as well as to the LYNX Blue Line on North Tryon Street.

  • ​​To implement infrastructure improvements that will enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood by increasing connectivity 

  • To improve pedestrian safety by reducing vehicle traffic speeds

  • To maximize the value of neighborhood improvements through effective project management that ensures schedule, budget and quality requirements are met 

Three public meetings took place during the planning phase in 2007 and 2008. The project was put on hold for 15 months awaiting the passage of voter-approved neighborhood​ improvement bonds in 2010, and more public meetings were held in 2011. 

After an extensive public input process, it was determined that the proposed improvements would include sidewalk on Owen Boulevard, Kemp Street, Gray Drive, Creekstone Place, Blue Rock Drive and Rockland Drive. ​​

To be determined


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​Additional resources

A consultant rendering of the sidewalk extending in to the road at the choker point on the street.
For illustrative purposes only.

 Project documents