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New Park on the Way to First Ward

New Park on the Way to First Ward
September 25, 2014 Cassee Cunningham

First Ward Park Groundbreaking CharlotteIt’s official!  Ground has been broken on a new park in First Ward!

Designed to be the centerpiece of First Ward, the park will be located between Seventh Street at ImaginOn and Ninth Street at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building – 4 acres currently occupied by parking lots.  Plans for the redevelopment of this property and surrounding acreage also include new offices, shops, residences and hotels.

Daniel Levine, who owns the property and will build the public park, once said this plan was to  Charlotte’s version of New York’s Greenwich Village.

Fans of the now-closed Dixie’s Tavern will recognize that the park is planned adjacent to this location.  Fear not – since that building, as well as the William Treloar House (which was recently home to a bail bonds office), are local historic landmarks, they will be restored.  The Dixie’s building will become a new eatery, and the William Treloar house will be turned into a business.

For those worried about the parking spaces being “lost” to the park, plans have you covered, too.  A 1,382-space parking deck at 10th and Brevard streets will accompany a 264-unit apartment building.  An additional 400 parking spaces will be built next to the new park.

As part of the county-city 2020 Vision Plan, which places a major urban park in each of uptown’s four wards, the new park is scheduled to open no later than Dec. 31, 2015.  The hope of Charlotte’s government and civic leaders is that the park will do for First Ward what Romare Bearden Park and BB&T BallPark have done for Third Ward – bring in millions of dollars of new development which boosts the county’s tax base.

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