A 20-year vision has finally moved forward for Uptown Charlotte.
Plans for a new development features housing, retail space and a recreational park across from ImaginOn at 7th, 9th and Brevard Streets. The project, First Ward Park, has been in the making for nearly two decades and supporters finally released details on the development this month including the expected completion date sometime in 2015.
"The park has been in the cities vision, for 20 years" said Lee Jones, Division Director for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. The project is expected to cost an estimated $10 million and is joint partnership with UNC Charlotte, Levine Properties, Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte
Upon completion the project will have 525 new residential units, a 40,000-square-foot retail space and an underground parking deck for the UNC Charlotte's Uptown campus.
"First Ward is one of the four ward parks completed in Charlotte,” said Jones. " It is a part of Romare Bearden Park, Fourth Ward Park, and the later to be developed Brooklyn Village. First Ward Park will be the destination for people who want to live, work, raise children, and recreate.”