CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There are big plans to overhaul the North Tryon area of Charlotte and bring in more jobs.
Many people would argue that the south part of uptown has grown and developed, but the northern end has a lot of catching up to do.
Charlotte Center City Partners unveiled its redevelopment plan at a meeting Thursday night.
The North Tryon Vision Plan encompasses a 50-square-block area near wards 1 and 4.
There would be multiple mixed-use buildings, and some would be as tall as 15 stories.
The plan also calls for a walkable layout and would include existing theaters, museums and the brand-new 1st Ward Park.
"It's a remarkable opportunity to have this much land so close to the city," said project consultant Daniel Iacofano.
Iacofano envisions this area to become the next 3rd Ward.
"When Romare Bearden Park went in, it has generated over $700 million in private investment," he explained.
He says there are already existing buildings, attractions and projects in the works that will help bolster the North Tryon Vision Plan.
For example, the Lynx extension, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the Carolina Theatre.
Some critics say the area isn't necessarily attractive because of its proximity to homeless shelters on the other side of Interstate 277.
But supporters say the shelters aren't an issue. They believe people will be more comfortable in the area as it develops.
"I don't think it's those individuals on the street that make people feel uncomfortable," Laura Smith, with Foundation for the Carolinas, explained. "It's really that there is no development. When there is more lighting there you're going to feel more comfortable being there, and all walks of our community can enjoy North Tryon."
Charlotte Center City Partners said the project would be completed in phases over the next five, 10 or 15 years.
It said the project will be a mix of public and private developments, so there is no word yet on how much it will cost.
The organization will take the feedback it received about the project and incorporate it into its final plan, which will be presented in the spring.
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