Rocking chairs transform underutilized public spaces
CHARLOTTE – The City of Charlotte’s Placemaking Program dropped 100 rocking chairs across the community April 3 to celebrate Charlotte’s 250th anniversary and invite residents to collaborate in placemaking efforts.
Each chair will point neighborhoods to www.charlottenc.gov/placemaking, where the public can learn about enhancement resources, including funding opportunities, emerging artist opportunities and tools to implement projects in public spaces.
“We chose rocking chairs as a symbol of the city’s charm, encouraging people to stop and take in the environment, and celebrate their public spaces,” said Monica Holmes, placemaking manager for the city’s Urban Design Center.
Carolinas Medical Center unveils new brand
CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health unveiled new brand signage at Carolinas Medical Center, its flagship hospital.
For more than 75 years, Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center has delivered high-quality care for patients. From its modest beginnings in 1940 as Charlotte Memorial Hospital, it has evolved into a world-class facility.
CEO Eugene Woods said the moment isn’t just about a sign on a building.
“Just as we have since the very beginning as Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1940,” Woods said, “we stand together now in genuine service to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing – for all.”
CATS to answer community’s light rail questions
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Area Transit System will answer the community’s questions about the 2030 LYNX System update live on its Facebook page at 12:30 p.m. April 5.
CATS has updated plans to reflect interest in extending service to Ballantyne, as well as lengthening the preferred route of the future Silver Line from Matthews to Uptown all the way to Gaston County.
Visit www.facebook.com/CharlotteAreaT ransitSystem/ for details.
Banks commit $30M to affordable housing
CHARLOTTE – BB&T, SunTrust Banks and the SunTrust Foundation announced $30 million in combined commitments to the Foundation For The Carolinas’ campaign aimed at increasing affordable housing in Mecklenburg County.
The foundation seeks to raise $50 million from the private sector for the Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund – matching the $50 million bond referendum voters approved in November.
The $30 million includes $10 million toward the Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund – with BB&T contributing $5 million, and SunTrust and the SunTrust Foundation combining for $5 million.
In addition, BB&T and SunTrust each announced commitments of $10 million in below-market debt to support affordable housing development efforts.
City promotes Aging in Place program
CHARLOTTE – The City of Charlotte has implemented new community outreach strategies to enroll residents in its new Aging in Place program, which offers financial assistance to senior homeowners who may struggle to pay the increase in the city portion of their 2019 property tax bills.
City staff and volunteers will conduct door-to-door visits and call qualified homeowners to help them enroll in the program.
They’ll focus canvassing efforts in the Wesley Heights, Smallwood/Biddleville and Seversville neighborhoods.
Visit www.charlottenc.gov/housing, call 704-336-3380 or email email@example.com for details. Want more news? Visit www.thecharlotte weekly.com for more new briefs.