First Ward lies directly to the east of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is that quadrant bounded by North Tryon on the northwest and East Trade on the southwest.
First Ward has recently experienced a revitalizations. Many new developments are planned and under construction. The award winning Center City Building which houses the Uptown Campus of UNCCis in the first ward. The Center City Building is part of an urban village project being developed by Levine Properties. The current plans for the urban village include a 4-acre (16,000 m2) park, which was completed in December 2015, 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of office space, 2,700 residential units, 250 hotel rooms, 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) of retail space, and 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of civic space.
There are other elements that make First Ward a desirable urban neighborhood to live in. There is Spirit Square, ImaginON, Blumenthal Performing, Levine Center of the New South & the Spectrum Center. On Tryon at Sixth Street, one of Charlotte’s historic gems is being preserved and connected to a new condo project called Encore.
First Ward also boasts some fabulous places for coffee, dining out & enjoying the area. There is 7th Street Market that has great spots like Not Just Coffee, Viva Raw & Pizza Peel. Plus, there has been a revamp of the corner area called North Side Station that has Tavolo Italian Eatery, Imperial & Flight.