Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2019

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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need for more infrastructure. For instance, at present, 102 people are moving into Charlotte every day according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Victoria Nwasike, South Charlotte Partners board chair, says the group is committed to continuing its advocacy efforts to make sure that the area's transportation planning and infrastructure keep up with the growth. "The Regional Transportation Summit was a great success with important and meaningful transportation conversations, commitments to increased collaboration and ultimately more funding for area projects," she notes. Summit slides can be found at southcltpartners.org/events. Specific road improvement projects discussed include: Partially Funded Bryant Farms Road Extension from Elm Lane by South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church to Rea Road. Funding of $2 million was approved in Charlotte's last budget to determine the scope and engineering feasibility, with another $18 million to be requested in the next budget to cover the entire $20 million cost. Funding Requested Ardrey Kell Road widening to a four-lane, median-divided road between Johnston and Rea roads. Also, widening to four lanes with bicycle and pedestrian enhancements between Rea and Providence roads. Highway 521 (Lancaster Highway) widening in Pineville from Highway 51 to Ballantyne Commons Parkway, continuing to the South Carolina state line. SCP has been advocating over the past year for these two projects for both the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Plan. The group's efforts to get these projects prioritized for quicker funding were successful, thanks to community members' letters, speeches and other involvement. More info/participate: southcltpartners.org/notices. Fully Funded I-485 Express Lane construction, expected to begin summer 2019. The lane is projected to open in 2022. Details: publicinput.com/i-485-charlotte. Lynx Pineville-Ballantyne Rapid Transit Study The Charlotte Area Transit System will hold two final public outreach meetings in June to present recommendations and get public input on the Pineville-Ballantyne Lynx Rapid Transit Line Study. Both meetings are drop-ins. They will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at the Belle Johnston Community Center in Pineville, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at The Ballantyne. Those unable to attend a meeting can share their opinions at ridetransit.org. SCP's New Web Address and Email South Charlotte Partners has a new website and contact email: southcltpartners.org and info@southcltpartners.org. Ballantyne Breakfast Club News The club joined with District 6 County Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell to host a community conversation on community health and school overcrowding in April. Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris spoke about community health issues, while Atrium Vice President Alicia Campbell discussed community partnerships and area services. Roland Bibeau, president of Novant Health Matthews, and Matthew Stiene, vice president of engineering, shared an update on Novant's proposed hospital in Ballantyne. Concerns about school overutilization were addressed by Sean Strain, District 6 representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board; parent advocates and Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. The discussion included facts related to growth in Ballantyne- area schools and possible solutions to provid relief. Ballantyne Breakfast Club will hold its Annual Back to School Meeting with education leaders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg and other schools in August at The Ballantyne. Details about time and place will be posted in late summer at southcltpartners.org. Victoria Taylor, Vinay Patel, Wil Brooks, Victoria Nwasike and Phil Bosche attended the summit. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2019 31 SCP Shares

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