Charlotte’s North Tryon Street Visioning Process Begins

The process to create a vision plan focused on the redevelopment of the North Tryon Street area in Uptown Charlotte will begin this week. Charlotte Center City Partners and the Foundation For The Carolinas, leading organizers for the North Tryon Vision Plan, worked with the City of Charlotte Planning Department and a Steering Committee to choose a consultant to lead the process. Today, the committee formally announced MIG, Inc., as the lead planning and design consultant. Initial site tours and interviews with the planning team and other North Tryon area stakeholders are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19.

The primary goal of the Vision plan is to re-energize the North Tryon area of Uptown, capitalizing on existing amenities and organizations to leverage an innovative, proactive and coordinated development strategy. The plan will address the area’s urban design and infrastructure needs and formulate ideas and strategies to create a shared vision that will catalyze development and bring new life to the area.

“North Tryon Street is such a vital part of our Uptown,” said Michael Smith, President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “This area is home to more than 10,000 residents and 30,000 employees, and several of our most valuable cultural and arts organizations are located here. This plan will help us unlock the potential that is already here and focus our efforts on a shared vision with dedicated partners.”

Nineteen organizations from the public, private, education and non-profit sectors have signed on as investors for the plan. Each organization has a vested interest in seeing renewed energy and excitement in the North Tryon street corridor.

“MIG has successfully led major planning efforts for cities and cultural districts throughout North America,” said Michael Marsicano, President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas. “We have great confidence in the firm’s ability to work with our citizens in crafting a rich vision for North Tryon, and to foster partnerships with civic institutions, businesses and other stakeholders.”

The North Tryon Vision planning process will include community engagement. Those who are interested in participating in the process and staying up-to-date are encouraged to visit www.northtryon.org and sign up for updates.  The plan is scheduled to be completed in May 2015.