Promenade on Providence getting upgrades
CHARLOTTE – Childress Klein has begun renovations at the Town Square at Promenade on Providence, the central amenity that includes a green space and fountain at the shopping center.
When completed this fall, the new and improved Town Square will feature 50 additional parking spaces, colorful lounge chairs, bench seating, large shade structures and bistro tables for outdoor dining.
Two permanent retail kiosks will be added. Located on either side of the fountain, one kiosk will accommodate a short- or long-term tenant, while another will be dedicated to temporary uses such as a pop-up store.
“These improvements to the Town Square will not only add needed parking but will create an inviting, family-friendly area that will enhance the customer experience at Promenade on Providence,” said Jan Pugh, regional property manager at Childress Klein.
Childress Klein recently started construction on a new retail building at the center after signing a lease with Buffalo Wild Wings for 6,000 square feet. The new building, which will total 12,000 square feet, is expected to deliver in late 2019. Buffalo Wild Wings is expected to open in the new space in early 2020.
Promenade on Providence is located on Providence Road between Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Interstate 485.
Driggs seeks re-election
CHARLOTTE – Ed Driggs plans on running for re-election to his Charlotte City Council District 7 seat.
In a letter to supporters, Driggs outlined some of the council’s accomplishments over the past term, such as securing a bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention, stimulating more investment into affordable housing and rewriting zoning and development ordinances to promote private investment.
He also outlined some of the city’s biggest challenges, including the murder rate, economic barriers, divisiveness from national immigration issues and financing the 2030 transit plan.
“In District 7, high rates of growth and development have led to crowded streets and challenges to the quality of life that led many of us to move here,” Driggs wrote. “Tackling these issues will call for sound policies and responsible stewardship, not sound bites and partisan bickering. We still have work to do. That is why I have decided to seek re-election.”
CMS designates May 1 as optional teacher workday
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has designated Wednesday, May 1, as an optional teacher workday as nearly 2,000 personnel have requested personal leave to rally for higher salaries in Raleigh.
Superintendent Clayton Wilcox has waived attendance requirements on May 1 for all students. No make-up day is needed.
“The powerful voices of educators change student lives every day in classrooms across our community,” Wilcox said. “Together, their collective voice will change communities across our state on May 1 as they advocate for investments in public education that matter most to our students and their futures.”
Wilcox said that the district couldn’t guarantee sufficient substitute-teacher capacity. He recognizes the decision will have impact on hourly employees, families and the community.
Stone running for Lt. Governor
CHARLOTTE – Former State Representative Scott Stone formally announced his campaign for North Carolina lieutenant governor, launching a video titled “Together.”
Touting accountability, service and efficiency, Stone urges working together to get results needed in government.
“We need common-sense, business-minded solutions as we address North Carolina’s emerging challenges,” Stone said.
“As lieutenant governor, I will utilize my business background, coupled with my legislative experience, to help lead our state continue down a path of economic growth.”
Stone represented Mecklenburg County in the North Carolina House until December 2018. He is president of a regional engineering firm which serves a wide variety of industries and sectors throughout the Southeast.