Included in the Neighborhood Improvements bond is funding for Corridors of Opportunity, a City of Charlotte initiative renewing investment in six key corridors vital to the health of Charlotte's communities. Launched earlier this month, the program delivers $24.5 million to fund economic development projects in the following areas that have been historically underserved:
- Beatties Ford/Rozzelles Ferry
- I-85/West Sugar Creek
- North Tryon/Graham
- West Boulevard
In a Charlotte Business Journal news story covering the Sept. 9 Corridors of Opportunity press conference, city manager Marcus Jones said the goal of the program is to identify and fund projects that need a little bit of financial assistance or other resources to become a reality. Projects include real estate development, intersection enhancements, sidewalk improvements, safety measures and placemaking efforts.
Community input will be solicited for projects in the six corridors to ensure the work is community-driven and community-focused. City councilmember Malcolm Graham, whose district includes Beatties Ford, said, "The goal is to make an economic investment in the corridor that has been waiting for this kind of investment for years. We want to make sure the residents are part of the change, not victims of it."
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