The city of Charlotte wants to make Brevard Street a better venue for outdoor festivals and large numbers of people.
The city’s vision is to widen sidewalks, plant trees, build retaining walls and put in parallel parking that will “create a street that will easily accommodate large amounts of pedestrians and festival activities,” according to the next City Council meeting agenda. The project’s tagline is “Memorable Streets.”
Council is expected to approve a $500,000 contract Monday to design it all out. The city actually got started on this back in 2009, but ended up putting the project on hold two years later.
Now it looks like this.
The project would run from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Trade Street (at the Spectrum Center).
It’s currently a one-way street, and would become two-way under the proposed changes. This area is already seeing an influx of construction. The new Embassy Suites, for example, is going up right along that corridor.
The design phase should run thorough fall 2017.
Look for some public engagement meetings on the matter in the meantime.