The redevelopment of Brooklyn Village, a swath of Second Ward that was once home to an African-American community demolished in the name of urban renewal, could be decided next week.
The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners has set a meeting for 3 p.m. June 15, at the Government Center uptown, to receive more information about plans to transform the area into a thriving, mixed-use, mixed-income community. They can also “take action as may be deemed appropriate,” according to the special meeting notice sent out, which could include a vote to choose the developer.
Three development teams are competing to win the rights to redevelop about 17 acres of publicly owned land in Second Ward. The land is divided into two parcels, and covers Marshall Park, the shuttered Board of Education building and Bob Walton Plaza on Stonewall Street. About 1,000 African-American families were displaced when Brooklyn was razed in the 1960s and ’70s, part of the urban renewal wave that swept through inner cities and historically black enclaves.
Teams led by locally based firms Crescent Communities, CitiSculpt and Conformity Corp. are under consideration. The company chosen would buy the land and develop mixed-use communities that would bring hundreds of new residences, office space, shops and restaurants to the area, but the companies differ in how much they would pay the county, how much they would build and how much public financial support would be required for the project.
You can see details of each plan here. There wasn’t much consensus at the last meeting commissioners held to discuss the plans, and the commissioners disagreed on significant points, such as how much park space is needed, and how many apartments, hotels and offices should be allowed.