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Congratulations, Elizabeth! Your new Small Area Plan won an “Award for Excellence” from the American Planning Association, one of two awarded nationwide. Jurors from across the U.S. called the ESAP a “thorough analysis of the opportunities, challenges, goals, and vision for the community… [that] provides succinct direction for land use, transportation, community design, infrastructure and public facilities, and environmental policies… a stakeholder group was integral…
“Thanks to the residents and city/county staffers who gave countless hours to this project and to Andy Misiaveg (Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood Foundation) and Alan Goodwin (Charlotte/Mecklenburg Planning Department) for their leadership.
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Vision, hard work, brain power and long meetings. That’s how Elizabeth neighborhood residents describe their development plan for the historic part of Charlotte. Why they say that plan is important for everyone in Charlotte.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The tree lined streets, the beautiful old homes, the walkability to bars and restaurants. Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood is one of just a few of its kind in the Queen City.
There are many stakeholders, from the residents to the nearby hospitals to the colleges to the businesses. Many have the same goal: growth. “We said we need to take a step back and make sure that we’ve got an overall picture for the community that we wanna push forward in the next 25 years,” says Andy Misiaveg, the president of the Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood Foundation.
This week, the Elizabeth Area Plan was adopted by Charlotte city council. It’s been in the works for four years. Its focuses include preserving residential areas close to busy streets and promoting the commercial development of Elizabeth Avenue. That’s good news for Mike Dawson, co-owner of Crown Station Coffee House. He says, “A lot of things are directed toward Uptown businesses and it’s nice to see them take care of the businesses on the outskirts of the Uptown area.”
Independence Park is another important part of the Elizabeth Area Plan. Community leaders want to enhance the green space and protect it. Misiaveg says, “We feel like the park is in a pretty precarious position between the Elizabeth Avenue development, the hospital, CPCC, all encroaching right around the park land.”
Leaders will try to secure a historic preservation designation for the park to permanently protect it from development.
Elizabeth Community Association President Monte Ritchey says the entire 25 year plan is a model for other Charlotte neighborhoods, as this area tries to grow responsibly but maintain it’s unique identity. He says, “We still tend to get nipped away at year after year at the edges, we lose 2, 3, 4 structures a year.”
Another priority in the Elizabeth Area Plan is pedestrian improvements along 7th street, especially after the recent deaths of people trying to cross the busy road. For starters, they want to add more cross walks ASAP.
The Elizabeth Community has adopted Independence Park. We need volunteers for weekly small trash pick ups and help with monthly service projects. Please see the Independence Park Clean Up area of our site.
Your ECA Membership goes a long way towards supporting our community. Please visit the ECA Membership Page for the registration form and to submit your online payment.
There are a number of Elizabeth email groups available for current news and information. Please visit our Email Group Page to sign up.
Please join us for an Elizabeth Neighbors’ Night Out on Wednesday, June 5th! The Elizabeth Community Association will be kicking off the summer months at Hawthorne’s on 7th Street. Drop by from 6-9pm for half-priced wine bottles and appetizers on the patio!! Hope to see you there!
Reservations appreciated, but not necessary. You can email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighbors’ Night Out is a casual, every-so-often social hosted by the ECA and neighborhood businesses and is open to all who live and work in Elizabeth.
Presented by the Elizabeth Community Association