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“The breezes of heaven blow their freshest, the light of the sun is at its brightest in this favored neighborhood.” — Charlotte Evening Chronicle, April 16, 1910.





7th & Caswell Redevelopment

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you all for your input and support we received after the Board announced its opposition to proposed the Faison development at 7th & Caswell at this time. We appreciate all of the thought, consideration and feedback from you since the announcement.

Prior to the meeting on Monday night, the ECA sent a letter to every member of City Council stating our opposition,to the project as it stands, but also stated that we were willing to continue discussions with the developer if they so choose in order to resolve issues that we feel are important to our neighborhood.

With the City Council meeting scheduled at 6:30, the Elizabeth community was well represented at the meeting, with approximately 20 neighbors supporting our effort.

Melanie Sizemore spoke for the ECA and did a tremendous job clearly establishing our specific concerns.

Since that time, Faison has requested the deferral of final decision from Council’s May 16, 2016 meeting to Council’s June 20, 2016 meeting.

The Zoning & Real Estate Development Committee will continue to hold discussions with the developer, and we will continue to communicate with you over the course of the next two months.

As always, please submit any comments regarding this project via a response to this email

Thanks again for your support.


Paul Shipley

Big Plans for Independence Park

Parks & Rec planted 6’-7’ multi-stem Magnolia ‘Ann’ trees between Independence Park and the ballfield next to the elementary school and stone stadium. Ten ‘Forest Pansy’ Redbuds were purchased for the circle turf area the school kids play in, and will hug the walkway creating an “allee” of sorts. For more info on the plans to update Independence Park, click here

Thanks to everyone who came out to the meeting on Oct 21 to learn about Park and Rec’s exciting future plans for Independence Park. Below, you will find the links to the presented plan and the detailed plan for the rose garden. Please contact Tim at timothy.turton@mecklenburgcountync.gov or Kristan at kdm2201@gmail.com if you have questions or comments.

Elizabeth Community Rose Garden Plan

Elizabeth Community Independence Park Presentation



Beautification & Public Art

Elizabeth neighborhood public art

Elizabeth’s first public art was completed and debuted December 19. Thirty-three people were in attendance and walked the .6 mile “artwalk” while Time Warner Cable videoed the event. Hats off to the ECA for supporting this effort, Nancy Albert for co-chairing with Kris Solow, Sarah Gay for writing the proposal, Terry Shipley for her expertise, Kate Vasseur for supporting and hosting our events, and Nicole Bartlett for alerting us to the money that was available through the ASC and City of Charlotte partnership to get public art in neighborhoods that do not have it. And of course, artists Amy Bagwell, Graham Carew, the staff at ASC, the students at CPCC especially Palmer Bradshaw, and Tom Thune and Ric Solow for landscape expertise. The official unveiling by the ASC will be in February. The wall mural will be painted on the side of Studio K when the weather warms.

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Recent Neighborhood Events

9th Annual Elizabeth Recycles Day
Saturday, May 21st
9am – 12pm
Upper Independence Park at the Rose Garden

Residents drop off old paint, oil, fertilizers, household cleaners, compact fluorescents (not incandescents), batteries, electronic equipment (computers, TVs, cell phones, etc.), metal clothes hangers, ink cartridges, eye glasses, art & craft supplies, soft old blankets, corks, books, and we’ll recycle/reuse it. Nothing bulky, heavy, or leaky.

To volunteer, please contact Kris Solow at
(704) 806-4456 or ksolow@carolina.rr.com

Elizabeth Progressive Dinner
Saturday, May 21st
6pm – 11pm
The Elizabeth Community Association’s annual Progressive Dinner will be Saturday, May 21 from 6 to 11 pm. The theme,Carnaval Brazil, will be reflected in a signature beverage, appetizers, and dinner menu.

For those new to the neighborhood or the event, all attendees first gather for appetizers and drinks at the appetizer house, then disperse to their assigned host house for dinner. All guests are asked to prepare a recipe for either appetizers or dinner. After dinner, everyone gathers again at the dessert house for sweets and drinks. It’s lots of fun and a great way to meet your neighbors!

The Carnaval Brazil dinner menu has been put together by Elizabeth resident Nikki Moore, of FOODLOVE (www.n2foodlove.com), and includes a black bean and meat stew, known as Feijoada Completa, sauteed greens, rice, and yuca cheese rolls. Recipes and assignments will be sent to all reserved guests on May 18 or 19.

If you’d like to join in the dinner, please RSVP by May 16 to elizabethparty@gmail.com. Please be sure and include: your cell phone number, address, email, your name and any guest names.