Charlotte City Council appoints new District 2 council member

Jordan-Ashley Walker

​CHARLOTTE, NC (July 24, 2017) – Charlotte City Council has appointed Carlenia Ivory to fill the vacant District 2 seat.  

Ivory replaces Al Austin, who resigned from City Council earlier this month. District 2 encompasses Uptown in the Northwest District of the city, including the Third Ward and Fourth Ward.

As a 43-year resident of the Hyde Park Community, Ivory says she intends to be a positive representative of the Northwest Charlotte community.

State statutes provide that council vacancies be filled by City Council appointment. In cities, including Charlotte, whose elections are conducted on a partisan basis, the person appointed shall be a member of the same political party as the person being replaced. Other qualifications as provided by statute are that the appointed successor be a registered voter, be 20 years of age or older and be a resident of and registered to vote in District 2.

A formal swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, Aug. 28, when Ivory will join the full City Council at the dais for the business meeting that night.

Other Items

Bojangles' Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium Link Facility

Charlotte City Council took action Monday to help move forward the Bojangles' Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium Link Facility. The new "Link" facility is proposed to connect the two buildings and address strategic hospitality needs for both facilities.

The Link is designed to enhance entertainment and tourism assets in Charlotte, support continued growth in the area, maintain the strong historical significance of Bojangles' Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium and strengthen partnerships with the Charlotte Checkers and Blumenthal Performing Arts.

City Council voted Monday to:

  • Approve the Economic Development Committee's recommendation to allocate the remaining $18.5 million in existing Community Investment Plan funds to construct a new connector facility between the Bojangles' Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium.
  • Approve a contract in the amount up to $1.55 million with Odell Associates, Inc. for architectural services for the Bojangles'-Ovens Link Facility.
  • Approve a contract in the amount up to $150,000 with Barnhill Contracting Company for pre-construction services for the Bojangles'-Ovens Link Facility.

Based on preliminary conceptual designs, the facility will be two stories tall and approximately 40,000 square feet.

Sunday alcohol sales

Charlotte City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that will allow alcohol sales on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. This ordinance is effective upon adoption.

Sunday morning alcohol sales will benefit the business community and bring people into business districts earlier in the day, according to the ordinance adopted Monday night. 

Gov. Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 155 into law on June 30. The new law authorized the on- and off-premise sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine and mixed beverages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, subject to local government approval.

The Economic Development Committee voted unanimously on July 13 to recommend adoption of the ordinance.

Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship

Councilman James Mitchell read a proclamation during Monday's business meeting recognizing the week of August 7-13 as PGA Championship Week.

The 99th Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Championship tournament will be held at Quail Hollow Club on Aug. 7-13. This is the first time the Charlotte community has hosted a major golf championship.

The PGA Championship is one of professional golf's four major annual championships. The tournament will include top international golfers and attract more than 200,000 visitors from around the world.

City staff and representatives from the PGA and Quail Hollow Club attended Monday's dinner briefing to provide an update on tournament week as well as other community engagement efforts.