2018 Charlotte Sustainability Awards Nominees

Congratulations to all of our inspiring nominees!


Birdsong Brewing - Since its inception, Birdsong has made a conscious effort to thrive sustainably. First and foremost, breweries use a lot of water and grain. The industry averages 8 gallons of water to brew 1 gallon of beer, but Birdsong uses only 4 gallons of water per gallon. Once the beer is brewed, they send 100% of their spent grain (as well as all of their peanut shells from the taproom) to local cattle farms as feed. More importantly, in late 2017, Birdsong became the first brewery in Charlotte to go solar. Birdsong makes a concerted effort to reduce their carbon footprint and be a leader in the community for sustainability. 

Blue Blaze Brewing Company - Blue Blaze Brewing Co. is the first tenant of the Savona Mill Redevelopment Project. They occupy 8000 square feet, and are facing the Stewart Creek Greenway in Charlotte’s West End, perfect for walking and biking.
Bikes and Blue Blaze Brewing seem to go hand-in-hand these days! They are utilizing cargo bikes for deliveries to their customers in Charlotte. The cargo bike allows the biker to deliver the kegs on time and without the worries of traffic and gasoline. Customers can easily bike to the taproom, there is safe “parking” (aka locking capabilities) available for bikes; and, if interested, Blue Blaze Brewing offers a growler carrier for sale that attaches to the bicycle handle bar!

Capizzi MD - At Capizzi MD’s East Blvd office there will soon be a 30-kiloWatt solar installation. It will feature high quality QCELLS brand solar panels and is planned to deliver decades of durable, reliable power production, so the business can truly do its part to supply energy from a renewable source. Capizzi is participating in net energy metering so that the surplus solar power the building produces will feed the grid and contribute clean power to be used by nearby energy customers. It’s estimated the solar energy system will produce over 40,400 kiloWatt-hours of energy in the first year, reducing greenhouse pollution by 65,000 pounds, or the same amount as growing 780 tree seedlings for 10 years, by E.P.A. calculations. 

Chelsea Building Group - ReAlta community by Chelsea Building Group (CBG) is Charlotte’s first and only fully solar community. ReAlta is a model that can afford Charlotte the housing necessary for growth while preserving its air quality and greenspace. From planning to inception, no detail was spared to ensure ReAlta sets the standard for the sustainability required in 21st century building. This mission inspires the entire company. CBG is a Matthews-based land development and residential builder driven to build ‘houses that live.’ According to the owner, most housing construction is completely outdated and does not reflect homeowner desire for better structures that promotes human health and environmental sustainability. With an extensive background in building science and construction, CBG provides well-organized “open” floorplans that are exceptionally well-built, tastefully detailed, technologically advanced and extremely energy efficient.  

Dressed - Dressed is a local dress rental business that provides Charlotteans a place to lend and rent their beautiful dresses that they’re not using all the time. The lenders get a cut of the profit. The renters get access to a tremendous inventory of dresses for events that can range from a girl’s night out, black tie galas, bridal showers, and more! Dressed was created with sustainability in mind. The renters get to borrow beautiful, designer dresses in a fiscally and environmentally responsible way - rather than buying yet another dress they will only wear once. Dressed also partners with existing stylists to provide customers with individualized attention in their rental process; and the stylists have another way to build their customer base.

Ecoshine Mobile Car Care - Ecoshine Mobile Car Care is a mobile car wash company in the Charlotte area whose mission is to revolutionize the car care industry by being the most eco-friendly car care company while also being the most convenient. With their rinseless/waterless technology, they have the ability to clean a car anywhere, even in a parking space with other vehicles next to them without any mess or water runoff. Their focus on being the most eco-friendly car care company primarily involves water conservation, however strives to go further than that. Compared to using around 50 gallons per wash at an automatic wash, or worse, washing your car at home using up to 140 gallons, Ecoshine uses less than 1 gallon of water. Furthermore, all of their mobile vehicles are plug in electric-hybrids or fully electric and help to reduce both the company's and consumer's footprint by reducing their need to drive to a local car wash to get their car cleaned. Lastly, their mobile style of going directly to the customer means they don't need to use up additional land for a location compared to automatic conveyor style businesses that sometimes use multiple acres.

Free Range Brewing - Free Range Brewing focuses on small batch brews made with local and seasonal ingredients. Free Range Brewing believes it is important to foster creativity while building a strong community foundation. Whether it’s sourcing an ingredient, featuring an artist, supporting a cause or doing a full-on beer collaboration, it’s important to cultivate connections within the community. Free Range Brewing believes that it is important to strengthen the local economy and enhance a sustainable food system, even if it comes as a greater initial cost to them. 75% of grain used in their beer production is roasted and malted by NC malthouses, and they source 100% of their seasonal ingredients from local NC, SC and Virginia farmers and foragers throughout the year. The majority of these ingredients are sourced within a 50 mile radius of the brewery. Items that can not be grown in that area (i.e. oysters) are sourced from responsible and sustainable growers within the NC, SC and Virginia range.

LeafSpring School - LeafSpring School (an area preschool formerly called Rainbow Station) has recently completed a 40-kiloWatt photovoltaic solar system on the south side of the building’s roof. The solar array is in full view from one of the main outdoor play areas, and the leadership team at LeafSpring School intends to incorporate solar power into their students’ experience in as many age-appropriate ways as possible. At the same time, solar will directly reduce the energy from the grid that the school uses to power the building daily. The system is estimated to save $4,000 in energy costs in its first year of operation, and produce 55,000 kiloWatt hours of energy in that time. The emissions reductions from the LeafSpring School solar project in its first year are equivalent to that from 48 acres of US forests over a year, according to the E.P.A’s greenhouse gas calculator.

Lucky Clays Farm - Privately owned and operated, Lucky Clays Farm embodies the rustic beauty of North Carolina’s Central Piedmont. Their spacious location of over 500 acres, with versatile indoor and outdoor settings, provides a unique destination for private business functions and corporate retreats. Their sister company, Lucky Clays Fresh, provides a better quality, locally raised/grown fish and produce through a farming method known as Aquaponics, and assists in the education of finding sustainable methods to provide food to an ever-growing population. Founded on a philosophy that places priority on a symbiotic environment that is capable of naturally producing fresh food year-round, their team is committed to shrinking their footprint on Earth. There is nothing better than food that is local, clean, and naturally grown. At Lucky Clays Fresh, they grow just that, offering the Charlotte market fish and produce that are Always Fresh, Always Local.

Sun Raised Farms - Sun Raised Farms provides solar farm developers and owners with a ground maintenance solution using sheep sourced from local farms. Sun Raised Farms promotes a symbiotic relationship between renewable solar energy and agriculture by grazing sheep from local communities on solar farms across NC and VA. Using local farmers that are committed to sustainability and animal welfare practices, they create a winning solution for the solar farm owner, the local community, while protecting a farming way of life. The acreage that Sun Raised Farms provides the local sheep farmer allows the farmer to increase his/her flock size. In return, this allows the farmer an increase in product (in this case, NC pasture raised lamb). Sun Raised Farms promotes natural pasture raised American lamb, free from antibiotics and synthetic hormones. Sun Raised Farms not only provides a sustainable option for vegetation maintenance, but it is fostering a growing market for domestic lamb products here in NC. This level of food sustainability bolsters the local "farm to table" movement. Sun Raised Farms is proud to work with many local farmers and communities across NC in promoting sustainability and agriculture.

Shook Kelley - Shook Kelley specializes in strategic consulting and design services, focused upon the creation of innovative planning approaches and designs for new communities and infill projects, in both the suburbs and urban cores, that reflect timeless patterns of building while responding to modern aspirations for a better life. The places that emerge from Shook Kelley’s work are grounded in the practicality of the marketplace and the aspirations of the human spirit and are reflective of the dynamics that underpin human society and human behavior. Planning and design is but one component in the convening of all manner of views that define cultures and inform the creation of highly valued places that are also, as a result, highly sustainable. From cities where shopping streets are enlivened by the recasting of forgotten zones into new neighborhoods - to the urban fringe and the establishment of new towns - Shook Kelley is creating places where people convene to live richer, more fulfilling lives.


Charlotte Area Transit System - The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is the largest transit system between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC with over 70 local, express and regional bus routes, a light rail line, services for the disabled, and vanpools serving more than 23,000,000 trips each year. As department within the City of Charlotte, CATS maintains a dual focus, managing and continually improving day-to-day operations of the region’s transit services within a six-county area while advancing planning for a regional rapid transit system integrated with land-use plans which includes light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit and expanded bus services. CATS has played a vital role in helping progress the economy, development and growth of the greater Charlotte area, while helping to decrease air pollution, through the implementation of its many services. Providing public transportation to the local community has increased the population’s access to work, school and recreation that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible. Most recently, CATS opened the LYNX Blue Line Extension connecting Center City to the NoDa and University areas paving the way for future development, jobs and connectivity, as well as revamped many of its bus routes to provide greater reach of its services and improve the quality and timing of its services. CATS continues to study different corridors around the region to provide greater accessibility to more areas around the region and provide even more options for a safe, stress-free and affordable commute.

Charlotte's Tree Canopy Preservation Program - Charlotte's Tree Canopy Preservation Program (TCPP) seeks to acquire and conserve land within Charlotte with the goal of preserving and protecting one the Queen City's most important natural resources: its nationally recognized tree canopy. The City of Charlotte’s tree ordinance allows for payment in lieu of protecting trees on site in certain commercial development situations. The money collected from the ordinance goes into a fund that is designated for the acquisition and preservation of land to ensure that our tree canopy is maintained for future generations. The acquisitions under this program are voluntary, and staff works with property owners to acquire land identified in cooperation with local organizations like Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and other municipal agencies like Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation. Under the direction of Tim Porter and Amanda Byrum, the TCPP turned from a dry, written ordinance into a living, breathing program that protects and enhances open space and critical environmental areas, improves air and water quality, and preserves Charlotte’s natural character – specifically its nationally recognized tree canopy. The TCPP program staff work to identify forested parcels within the City limits that will not only preserve or enhance Charlotte’s tree canopy, but also provide additional benefits such as protecting urban streams and providing greenway opportunities. Since the TCPP’s inception, CLC has partnered with the City to protect nearly 200 acres of land, an area three times larger than would have otherwise been required if the developers had saved trees on-site and not paid into the TCPP fund.  

Centralina COG - Metropolitan Transit Commission - The Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) was created in 1968 as the state-designated lead regional planning organization for the nine-county greater Charlotte region, representing over 60 county and municipal governments with a population of 1.85 million people. CCOG coordinates and facilitates best practice solutions concerning regional growth and quality of life issues. CCOG has a long history of providing valuable services to member governments, facilitating collaborations, and providing forums for networking and problem solving. The Metropolitan Planning Commission (MTC) is the policy board for the Charlotte Area Transit and has responsibility for reviewing and recommending all long-range public transportation plans. The MTC is composed of voting members from Mecklenburg County communities, the county, and NCDOT and non-voting members from the surrounding counties and SCDOT to ensure regional involvement. 

Community Planning Academy - The Community Planning Academy (CPA) teaches community members about the importance of planning for Charlotte’s growth and empowers them to engage in helping to shape Charlotte’s future. CPA is open to any City resident interested in learning more about planning and how to effectively participate in the planning process. The program is a place to test new concepts, particularly those related to creating a more sustainable community, and to explore the benefits of using best planning practices to address the challenges of growth and development. Public engagement in city planning often occurs amidst specific issues and high emotions, but CPA encourages a broader view of issues and a welcoming space to share and discuss ideas while building new relationships and identifying creative ways to solve complex issues. Participants walk away with a greater understanding of differing perspectives and are better prepared to effectively engage in planning for Charlotte's future. 

Mecklenburg County Air Quality - This group actively engages businesses, individuals and the public on how to improve air quality and promote transportation and industrial solutions to reduce mobile and point source air pollution. 

Town of Matthews - The Town of Matthews has over 30,000 residents and expands over 17 square miles. Matthews features hotels, restaurants, shopping, recreational activities, and a hospital. Matthews has an Environmental Advisory Commission to advise and assist the Board of Commissioners on all areas of potential environmental impacts to Matthews and its citizens including air, water, and land pollution issues. The town was also the fifth designated Bee City in 2014, working to create a sustainable habitat for pollinators. The Town of Matthews installed an electric vehicle (EV) Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger downtown. This initiative came to fruition through the joint efforts of the Town of Matthews, Nissan, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Brightfield Transportation Systems, and Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition. Beside the charging station, there is an informational board that informs residents and visitors of the charging station and how it works. The addition of a charging station to downtown Matthews shows efforts toward the promotion of energy efficiency, improved air quality, and community engagement. Matthews has continuously shown strides toward sustainable development. The charging station demonstrates the forward thinking, sustainable ways that the Town of Matthews is addressing mobility. 


Donald Green - Donald Green has dedicated his career to furthering sustainable building design and technologies. Beyond routine advocacy, Donald has served as an educator, mentor, and expert in the areas of sustainable design that have the most direct, positive impact for his clients and projects. It is this focused, results-oriented approach that makes Donald is effective as both an architectural project manager and as a leader in the sustainability field. Donald’s achievements span over 25 years where for the past 18 years he has held sustainability focused roles. He was Head of Sustainable Design for 9 years with a design firm in Atlanta, followed with 4 years as a full-time sustainability consultant with firms in Atlanta and Richmond, before joining Progressive AE in 2015 where he is now leading the sustainable design effort. Donald has managed over 18 Million square feet of new and renovated space as an Architect and Sustainability Consultant with over 11 Million SF achieving LEED Certification.

Tony Kuhn - Tony has been working throughout the last decade to promote sustainable growth and development in Charlotte through the Flywheel Group. He presented his vision to Sustain Charlotte in late 2017, and since then has continued to grow his portfolio along adjacent to the Sugar Creek stop of the Blue Line Extension. His vision encompasses an efficient and equitable growth pattern that emphasizes access to transportation and green space in NoDa and the surrounding areas. He prioritizes adaptive reuse and an aesthetically pleasing environment that will be an asset to the neighborhood and the city as a whole for the foreseeable future.

Katie Maloomian - Katie Maloomian is currently a development manager at Crescent Communities. Katie has eight years of multifamily development, redevelopment and asset management experience, and has been responsible for managing over $200 million in development and redevelopment projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Katie is currently responsible for four projects under construction, totaling 1,030 units and 30,000 square feet of retail. Prior to joining Crescent Communities in March 2015, Katie worked with the Redevelopment, Asset Management and Investment teams at AvalonBay Communities where she contributed to the success of the Mid-Atlantic region’s multifamily redevelopment and repositioning efforts. Katie graduated from the University of The South with a degree in Psychology and earned a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ken Orndorf - Ken began his real estate career in 1992 as a property manager for Lat Purser & Associates. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Georgia in 1995, he served as leasing representative (and later marketing principal) at Childress Klein Properties before becoming a real estate development manager for Harris Teeter in 1998. Ken joined Raley Miller Properties in 2001 as partner and vice president where he continues to deploy his skills in market analysis, site selection, project development, lease negotiations, construction management and asset management. In the past couple of years, his approach to developing and managing retail property has reflected a focus on renewable energy. He pays particular attention to reducing the need for grid energy where possible, and this mirrors a sense of striving to consider how the structures being built will impact the community’s ability to sustain itself long-term.

DeAndrea Salvador - DeAndrea serves on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission and is the ED of RETI a non profit organization working to provide energy solutions in the region. The Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI) aims to sustainably decrease the energy costs of low income families. Through general awareness programs and educational programs throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding areas, the organization readies children, teens, and adults for the adoption of clean energy technologies, such as the installation of solar panels in their homes. 



Carolina Thread Trail - In 2005, Foundation For The Carolinas along with more than 40 community and business leaders lead an effort to identify the most pressing environmental need for our region. Out of this search was born the vision for the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT)—a regional network of trails, greenways, blueways and conserved nature corridors which link together 15 counties in North and South Carolina. There are 20 segments of the Carolina Thread Trail currently open in Mecklenburg County, including segments which will become part of the Cross-Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The Carolina Thread Trail network serve to protect the environmental health of our region by protecting our water sources, preserving natural areas, and providing opportunities for alternative recreation and transportation throughout the piedmont region.

Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) - Family. Agriculture. Resource. Management. Services. (F.A.R.M.S.) exist to protect the family farmer through legal services while relieving hunger in the farmer's community. Since F.A.R.M.S., inception over four years ago, we have raised funding, provided legal services to prevent farm foreclosures, donated over 70,000 lbs. in North and South Carolina, and hosted three workshops in rural parts of North and South Carolina educating farmers about land protection, solar energy farming and more. 

Greenways for Mecklenburg - Greenways for Mecklenburg is a nonprofit organization established to advocate for the accelerated completion of the greenway system in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The group's purpose is to promote collaboration with existing community partners, provide opportunities for community involvement and encourage increased public funding as well as private and corporate donations and grants for greenway construction. Greenways preserve land for recreational use and environmental protection. In many cases greenways are built along rivers, creeks, and streams or through wetland areas which are restored as the greenways are built. They also promote non-motorized forms of transportation which reduce the impacts on our environment. Greenways for Mecklenburg is challenging Mecklenburg County to build out their greenway system at twice the rate the county is currently building, and are willing to put their money where their mouths are to support the effort. The installation of more greenways will preserve more natural land and allow more people to utilize greenways for transportation and recreation.

Learn to Ride - Learn to Ride is growing CLT's cycling community -- and advocates -- one new rider at a time. Learn to Ride is an incredible example of public, private, non-profit and government coming together to grow the greater cycling community. Over four years and dozens of free events, this 100% volunteer operation has helped more than 1,000 kids (and adults) kick their training wheels to the curb and learn the life skill that is riding a bike. Through its founding members at Bicycle Sport, the Trips for Kids Recyclery, and well-run media, and its partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Unknown Bike & Brew, Crank Mafia, and dozens of volunteers, Learn to Ride is able to produce, promote, and staff 4 to 6 FREE events every year-- each of which draw 150+ participants no matter the weather or season. It's their belief that learning to ride a bike fosters self confidence, expands the riders known universe and view of their community, increases equity through access, normalizes a car-free lifestyle, and creates advocates for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. 

Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) - Monroe Road Advocates (“MoRA”) is an all-volunteer group dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens and businesses along the Monroe Road corridor, focusing on the area between Sharon Amity Road and Sardis Road North. One of MoRA’s primary focuses is advocating for a unified vision of the entire Monroe Road corridor, with the goal of making the corridor more neighborhood-focused, with slower traffic, pedestrian and bike-friendly redevelopment, locally-focused retail and residential uses, and vibrant public spaces, and creating a sense of community and place among residents and businesses. MoRA undertook extensive engagement with the community, city government and developers in 2017. MoRA hosts an annual Government Open House at East Mecklenburg High School where community members can engage with many government agencies to learn about ongoing and proposed projects in the area. MoRA hosted two walking audits (with the help of Sustain Charlotte) in which dozens of community members walked parts of the Monroe Road corridor, observing conditions for pedestrians and providing input on what safety and comfort improvements can be made. MoRA also engaged with the developer of a major new mixed-use development in the MoRA area, securing enhanced access for pedestrians and cyclists, successfully including a twelve-foot multi-use path throughout the development proposed to be part of the City of Charlotte’s Independence Area Sidewalk and Bikeway Corridor, as well as cycling infrastructure within the development. MoRA is also coordinating with City agencies and the community to determine proposals for safer pedestrian crossings on Monroe Road to enhance usage of public transit.

Preserve Matthews - Preserve Matthews has kept Matthews residents informed about the scope of the John St widening project that will drastically and detrimentally effect the nature of our town. Simultaneously, Preserve Matthews encourages cyclability, walkability and sustainable congestion resolutions rather than dramatically increasing congestion. Preserve Matthews uses its voice in respect to an authentic, walkable community; to recognize the character, design and historic features that make Matthews unique in the greater Charlotte region. By maintaining a walkable/cyclable scale we maintain the character of the town.

Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund - For 36 years Self-Help Credit Union has provided fair financial services to help families and communities thrive. Over time, they have made $68 million in loans to green businesses and nonprofits, including recycling businesses, ecotourism, and healthy food systems, and they are devoted to recycling buildings: they've brought back to life 23 historic buildings in North Carolina, including the Great Aunt Stella building in Charlotte. Since 2012, they have financed enough utility-scale solar energy to power 29,000 homes in North Carolina. In the historic -- but dis-invested – Grier Heights neighborhood, Self-Help and partner Crossroads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development are partners in revitalization with long-time residents. Self-Help and nonprofit partners have erected 32 new affordable homes in Grier Heights. Each benefits from the SystemVision program, an in-depth process to certify that energy efficient measures are built in to the home. Under SystemVision, new homeowners receive a two-year heating and cooling bill guarantee – often below $45/month. This guarantee helps homeowners know what to expect in their utility bills, helping them to keep their budgets manageable. The Grier Heights Community Improvement Organization has been a critical partnership to ensure that Self-Help’s work in the neighborhood aligned with the priorities of residents. They started a “Cash for Trash” program that hires neighborhood residents to pick up trash throughout the community and helping neighbors beautify their properties.

The Males Place - The Males Place is a youth mentoring and educational program that promotes sustainable gardening and community engagement. The program promotes natural, sustainable processes to produce organic fruits and vegetables. The Males Place also enables its participants to engage in cultural and educational opportunities that would not be accessible to most of the young, Black male participants. The program imbues its participants with character-building traits, accountability, discipline, commitment, and an appreciation for environmental sustainability and stewardship.



300 South Brevard - 300 South Brevard represents the best and highest version of sustainability when it comes to the built environment, repurposing an existing building to meet today’s needs. When Stream Realty purchased the 20-year-old, 15-story building located in the heart of Uptown, they set out to reinvigorate the property and thereby enrich the downtown fabric. Situated at the corner of Brevard Street and MLK Boulevard, the building backs up to the light rail with the 3rd Street Station directly adjacent to the building’s “rear” entrance. Stream Realty also took into account the future of the Brevard Street corridor, which the City of Charlotte has designated as the future Festival Street between the Spectrum arena and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Completed in late 2017, the building renovation transformed the dated high-rise into a contemporary office and retail destination that offers over 372,000 square feet of space with an additional five and a half stories 178,500sf of existing, internal parking. 

Brigham Building - The Brigham Building is a 287,507-square-foot office building in Ballantyne. The project, named in memory of Dr. Craig Brigham, overlooks the 12th hole of The Golf Club at Ballantyne. The LEED® Gold-certified, Class A building exudes international modernism and includes a two-story lobby and glass exterior curtain walls. The 10-story project broke ground in August 2015 was completed in November 2016. The associated parking deck and retail space were completed in November 2017. Brigham expects to receive ENERGY STAR® certification by April. This project exemplifies the developer’s consistency with sustainable building practices. Eco-conscious site development measures, water and energy conservation, materials re-use, waste reduction and indoor environmental features were among the many strategies employed by this commercial project.

Kingsley Town Center - Kingsley Town Center is a 144,000-square-foot mixed use development located in Charlotte’s suburb of Fort Mill, SC just off of I-77. The master plan and design of the town center weaves Fort Mill’s rich textile history and legacy of the Springs/Close family into a vibrant and sustainable urban district representative of the Fort Mill community, and a beacon for business and recreation in the Charlotte region. The development boasts an urban district with two large corporate headquarters, two hotels, multi-family over retail, an amphitheater and approximately 150,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, all surrounding a 10-acre lake. Long-range plans for the development include expansion of office, as well as single-family residential and access to the Anne Springs Close Greenway, for which 2,100 acres have been dedicated to the state for recreation and trails. Overall, Kingsley Town Center and its components are exemplary of smart growth and sustainability. Kingsley Town Center is designed to advance the growth of Fort Mill, South Carolina and the Charlotte region while also celebrating the area’s unique history. Smart growth and sustainability concepts are applied within the development to ensure the future success of the area through economic development and environmental considerations.

Novel NoDa - Four stops from Uptown, Novel NoDa is the new hub of one of Charlotte’s most unique neighborhoods. From adaptable apartments that you can customize to suite your own style, to inspiring artist and collaborative workspaces, to an active community plaza with direct access to the light rail, Novel NoDa is distinctly NoDa. Novel NoDa brings 344 residential units and over 30,000 sq ft of retail on just 5.6 acres of previously developed land. A carefully selected mix of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, yoga studios and more, will have a tremendous impact on the entire NoDa neighborhood. A stone’s throw from NoDa’s most popular bars, shops and entertainment and the 36th Street Light Rail station, this is truly a walkable community. But it’s the local artwork showcased throughout the community that truly makes them special. With over 30 local artists featured, art can be found at every turn.

Park Charlotte Redevelopment - Grubb Properties’ Park Charlotte redevelopment will redevelop an entire city block in the Park Road corridor, replacing acres of asphalt with multifamily, retail, and existing office to create a vibrant, walkable, bike-able neighborhood. Grubb Properties worked closely with neighboring residents and businesses to ensure the development fits within a greater plan so that all the amenities can be connected. Grubb Properties also led a rebranding effort that resulted in the area’s new name: Montford Park. The project includes two existing office buildings that have undergone extensive renovations with an eye toward energy efficiency and sustainability. The multifamily portion will come under the company’s Link Apartments® brand, which offers high-quality, value-oriented apartment homes that focus on driving down total cost, putting them in reach for the young American workforce. The redevelopment will include pocket parks and other green space to be enjoyed by the community. 

South Boulevard/South Tryon Street Corridor Study - In 2016, the City of Charlotte began a multimodal planning study to enhance pedestrian and bicycle travel on portions of South Boulevard and South Tryon Street arterials (thoroughfares) in Charlotte. The study evaluated existing conditions, identified deficiencies, and made recommendations to improve the safety and ease of walking and biking along and across these busy streets. These growth corridors provide a key transportation link between Uptown and nearby neighborhoods including South End. Redevelopment has reshaped these corridors over the past several years, and the demands on the transportation system in this part of the city continue to evolve while maintaining a focus on the need for high-quality, walkable environments. 

The Renaissance LEED Neighborhood Development - The Renaissance is a special Green Neighborhood Development in Charlotte. The project is nominated for demonstrating excellence in green design by successfully certifying as a LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) in 2017. Secondly, the project is nominated for earning a LEED Innovation and Design Process credit that rewarded the Project Team for holistically pursuing Design for Economic Mobility. With these achievements, the project serves as a powerful local paradigm for development. As noted by the Opportunity Task Force, the project provided a place-based design approach to economic mobility outcomes. The firm of Neighboring Concepts, who participated in all the aspects of the project’s design since 2007, is hereby acknowledged, first, for creating an exciting paradigm of green design that puts economic mobility outcomes in sharper focus and, secondly, for accomplishing a sustainable neighborhood design that demonstrably benefits its thriving, multi-generational community today.

Waverly - Waverly is a new 90-acre mixed-use development by Crosland Southeast, Childress Klein, and the Matthews family (owner of the property for over 150 years) located just south of I-485 on Providence Road. Waverly is a walkable community in a convenient and highly desired location for residents of variable types who desire the freedom to live, work, shop, eat and play in a vibrant urban environment without using their car. Residents and visitors of Waverly can experience modern conveniences brought together in an energetic setting, whether on two feet or two wheels! Within Waverly, the infrastructure integration incorporates three storm-water management facilities which all have a treatment component. This treatment removes / reduces the number of contaminants which could enter the natural stream system. Waverly also embraced drought resistant plant species including perennial grasses, hardy shrubs and native trees, which once established, will help to reduce the need for extensive irrigation. Waverly is truly a community with intentional planning and design to create a sense of placemaking for all walks of life young or old, visitor or resident, consumer or worker that looks to sustained growth as the backbone of the project's focus and intentions to create a place to go and be part of.


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  • Jennifer Clark
    published this page 2018-04-24 16:17:55 -0400