An overhaul could be coming for Bojangles’ Coliseum and the areas around it.
Since 1955, the old coliseum has stood along Independence Boulevard. It's been through a slew of name changes, and now, with no major tenant, the city is considering what to do with it.
Fred Lawing is the owner of the Golden Green Hotel, next to Bojangles’ Coliseum. He said the city recently approached him and other neighboring businesses about selling their property to help the city change the coliseum area.
“I don’t know exactly what they want to do, but they wanted to expand the parking for the facilities they already have at Ovens Auditorium and Bojangles’ Coliseum,” Lawing said.
Some city officials say the plans could include upgrading the arena and making it into a complex for amateur sports.
Jeff Beaver is with the Charlotte Sports Commission. He supports any changes and said Charlotte is in need of more quality facilities that are affordable to amateurs.
“From an economic standpoint, economic development standpoint, yeah, it needs to be up-fitted,” he said. “This is a great step in the right direction.”
On Tuesday, the city said it wouldn't give specific details on the plan until briefing City Council first at Wednesday’s meeting.