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How should Second Ward, Brooklyn be redeveloped? Share your thoughts

Brett Luckey, 4, plays by the fountain in Marshall Park on Wednesday October 21, 2015. Marshall Park and the Bob Walton Plaza on Stonewall Street.
Brett Luckey, 4, plays by the fountain in Marshall Park on Wednesday October 21, 2015. Marshall Park and the Bob Walton Plaza on Stonewall Street. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

As Mecklenburg County commissioners mull the fate of Second Ward and the Brooklyn Village redevelopment, urban planners and other designers will discuss the options at a forum Tuesday night.

The Civic by Design forum is free and open to the public. Organized by architect and planner Tom Low, the event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Levine Museum of the New South uptown, with free parking at the Seventh Street public garage.

Under the Brooklyn Village plan, Mecklenburg will sell 17 acres of publicly owned land (including the Bob Walton Plaza on Stonewall Street, Marshall Park and the vacant Board of Education building) to a developer. The three proposals Mecklenburg is considering all include affordable housing, between 1.6 and 1.9 acres of green space, offices, retail and hundreds of new residences.

The county commissioners are meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the three proposals. Here’s a description of Tuesday’s forum:

“County commissioners are considering three competing plans for what is being called Brooklyn Village in Second Ward. But there is little consensus on what the redevelopment should look like. This area was the site of the African-American neighborhood demolished for urban renewal. Does Second Ward need a major new park as part of redevelopment? Marshall Park would be removed under redevelopment plans. Although the park doesn’t get a lot of love, some want to see open space saved. First Ward, Third Ward have large new parks. Romare Bearden Park in Third Ward is about 5.4 acres. First Ward Park is about 4 acres. Fourth Ward Park is 3 acres. For their part, county commissioners haven’t been thrilled with the proposals — in part because of shrinking park space.

“Please join us for a Civic By Design Forum to discuss the redevelopment design of Brooklyn Second Ward.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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