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Share your thoughts on the future of park space in Second Ward this week

Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte.
Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

As the redevelopment of a big chunk of Second Ward into Brooklyn Village progresses, two public meetings are scheduled this week on the subjects of open space and affordable housing.

Here’s a quick recap: Mecklenburg County has selected BK Partners, a development partnership, to buy 17 acres uptown for $33.7 million. BK Partners will then redevelop the land, which includes Marshall Park, the shuttered Board of Education building and the Bob Walton Plaza building, into a $683 million, 2.3 million square-foot mixed-use development.

While the county and BK Partners negotiate exact terms of the land sale and development deal, they’re holding public meetings to discuss the exact plans for the property. One of the most contentious points that’s emerged so far is the future of Marshall Park, a 5.5-acre park that’s often empty. The development plans call for a 1.77-acre park to replace it, which some advocates say is too small.

This week’s meetings are set to address the issue of open space. They’re set for Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., at Little Rock AME Zion Church on North McDowell Street.

The meetings will also address the topic of affordable housing. Thew Booklyn Village development is set to include 107 apartments reserved for people making a certain percentage of the area’s median income, as well as 1,070 market rate apartments and 178 condominiums.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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