Applied Innovation Corridor


AIC map 

​Program overview

Charlotte voters approved Capital Investment Plan bonds in the last three bond cycles (2014, 2016 and 2018) to improve infrastructure and leverage private investment throughout the city. Among the areas receiving infrastructure improvements are 16th Street streetscape​​, ​the Matheson Avenue Bridge streetscape and the North Tryon Street Gateway projects in the Applied Innovation Corridor's North End.​ 

This program is providing infrastructure investments to spur economic growth and facilitate recruitment of high-tech industries to this area, referred to in the Center City 2020 Vision Plan  as the Applied Innovation Corridor (AIC). These investments are intended to attract both technology start-ups and expanding high-tech businesses to the area and encourage residential and commercial redevelopment. This type of growth will help strengthen collaboration between our academic research institutions and private industry which, in turn, catalyzes high-tech job growth benefiting the city’s economy.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North End: Charlotte’s next chapter

Adjacent to Uptown, the North End is an emerging area of Charlotte is the focus area of the Applied Innovation Corridor. A counterpoint to the successful, historic South End district, the North End contains the established neighborhoods bounded by I-277, I-77, I-85 and North Davidson Street. The City of Charlotte is targeting this area for investment through many means, including the Community Investment Plan (CIP). Charlotte voters approved city bonds for public improvements for housing and neighborhoods. A portion of these funds is being channeled for investment in North End through projects identified in the Applied Innovation Corridor, with a specific focus on redevelopment opportunities and jobs creation. 

Working alongside residents, the City has been developing and refining potential infrastructure projects including investments in new street connections, streetscapes, sidewalk and bikeway improvements and improved connections for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users. ​


Priority projects identified

On March 11, 2015, the potential infrastructure projects were reviewed and vetted with a gathering of 59 community members at an open house and stakeholder workshop held in the North End. In small groups using maps, participants reviewed and discussed ten large infrastructure projects, a number of small connectivity projects and other related bicycle/pedestrian improvement projects under consideration. A few additional infrastructure projects were identified for further consideration as a result of this engagement with the community. View the Stakeholder Workshop Summary.

City of Charlotte staff prepared and applied a number of criteria to further refine the list of projects to proceed into further development. View the complete list of potential infrastructure projects considered. The criteria included:

  • Potential benefits and achievements of the project – i.e. enhancement/beautification to corridor, provide alternative transportation choices, connectivity, etc.
  • Estimated cost
  • CIP goal – Which CIP goals are achieved by the project?
  • Stakeholder input – Is the community in favor of the project, and how is it favored in comparison to the other projects?
  • Market analysis – Is the project near an area that has been identified with strong potential for development in the short-term?
  • Impacts and challenges – i.e. costly utility relocation and land acquisition, environmental impacts, etc.
  • Ranking score – a scoring system was developed based on the CIP goals, stakeholder input and cost feasibility

This process resulted in a list of eight prioriti​zed projects with allocations of funding from the 2014 – 2018 CIP to potentially implement the first four prioritized projects. Funding is currently not identified for priorities beyond the fourth, the multi-use paths extending between Statesville Avenue and North Tryon Street. 

Note: The identified allocations of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 bond funds for these projects are based on high-level conceptual cost estimates. As projects are further developed, cost estimates will be refined and allocated funding for each project will be adjusted accordingly. This prioritized list will be continuously evaluated over time and is subject to adjustments.

Program funding and cost information

Funded through Transportation Bonds ($12.5 million from bonds passed by voters in 2014, $2.7 million from bonds passed by voters in 2016 and $13.8 million from bonds passed by voters in 2018)​

​​​​​Program contact

​​Leslie Bing 
Project Manager
General Services
704-577-8609 ​

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​Projects in the Applied Innovation Corridor

Related projects

Additional resources 

Applied Inn​ovation Corridor planning report (28MB)​

Center City 2020 Vision Plan
North Tryon Plan
LYNX Blue Line (CATS Website) 

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Resources

Applied Innovation Corridor Report

ULI Panel presentation for Applied Innovation Corridor, May 2014 

Presentation slides