Room  2 - Existing  Conditions & TOD Readiness around  Station  Areas

As part of planning along the LYNX Silver Line Corridor, the existing conditions around the station areas was evaluated by looking at key indicators of TOD readiness, such as population and employment density, multimodal connectivity, and vacant or underutilized parcels within the station area that may be ripe for redevelopment. Learn more about the existing conditions and TOD readiness of the demonstration areas below.

Belmont Existing  Conditions 

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  • Currently, Wilkinson Boulevard around the proposed station in Belmont is fronted by institutional and commercial land uses, with residential areas located in the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Similarly, there is a high concentration of jobs along Wilkinson Boulevard, with residential density prevalent in surrounding neighborhoods.

  • There are many parcels less than 2 acres in size, especially along the north side of Wilkinson Boulevard, that are currently underutilized.

  • There are several existing disconnected sidewalk segments along Wilkinson. A more connected sidewalk network can be found in the neighborhood directly north of the corridor.

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Belmont TOD 
REadiness

  • The average home value in Belmont is $220,000, $20,200 less than the national average. Most housing in the CIty can be categorized as single-family, detached homes.

  • Belmont’s population is aging, and there are an estimated 463 households living below the poverty line.

  • Around the planned Belmont station, there are many parcels less than 2 acres in size, especially along the north side of Wilkinson Boulevard, that are currently underutilized. These have the highest potential to become sites where TOD could readily occur.

Remount Existing  Conditions 

  • The land uses around Wilkinson Boulevard within the walkshed for the proposed Remount station are primarily industrial and commercial. Residential areas are located directly north and south of the land uses fronting Wilkinson.

  • There is a high concentration of jobs fronting Wilkinson east of the proposed station and a high concentration of households in the areas north and south of the corridor.

  • Many properties are currently underutilized along both sides of the corridor, with a wide range of acreages.

  • There are no existing sidewalks along this section of Wilkinson. However, sidewalks are located along many streets surrounding the corridor. There are two bike facilities within the Remount station walkshed, including one that crosses Wilkinson just east of the proposed station.

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West Charlotte   TOD 
REadiness

  • The average cost of a home in Charlotte is $250,000, $9,800 more than the national average. Just over half of the housing in Charlotte consists of single-family, detached homes, while just over 30% are part of multi-family residential development. Around 35,260 households within the City are living below the poverty line.

  • In west Charlotte, there are around 2,100 apartments north of Wilkinson Boulevard and around 1,700 apartments south of Wilkinson Boulevard that can be considered naturally-occurring affordable housing.

  • There are many underutilized properties along the proposed rail alignment around the Airport and Remount stations, ranging from less than one acre to over five acres in size, which have the potential to become future TOD sites.

11th  Street Existing  Conditions

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  • Institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential land uses are all located within the walkshed for the proposed 11th Street station. 11th Street is primarily fronted by commercial uses northwest of the proposed station and institutional and residential uses southeast of the station.

  • Jobs are primarily concentrated around the central portion of the walkshed around the proposed station. Residents are mostly located to the east and west, away from the station.

  • Many parcels have been identified as underutilized that are five acres or smaller in size. Underutilized properties are most concentrated in the center of the walkshed, southwest of the proposed station.

  • Sidewalks are located along 11th Street and the surrounding streets. There are no bike facilities within the station walkshed.

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Uptown   TOD 
REadiness

  • The average cost of a home in Charlotte is $250,000, $9,800 more than the national average. Just over half of the housing in Charlotte consists of single-family, detached homes, while just over 30% are part of multi-family residential development. Around 35,260 households within the City are living below the poverty line.

  • In Uptown Charlotte, there is only one naturally occurring affordable housing building, the Hall House, which consists of 85 apartments and will be redeveloped with mixed-income units. 106 affordable housing units and 247 market income units.

  • Two additional affordable housing projects are underdevelopment in Fourth Ward, Edwin Towers and Poplar Grove Apartments, and the Grace Emmanuel Village Apartments in First Ward.

Bojangles  Existing   Conditions 

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  • The proposed Bojangles station and rail alignment are surrounded by commercial land uses. Residential and industrial are located directly behind these commercial areas.

  • A higher concentration of jobs than households is present along the proposed alignment in the surrounding walkshed. The highest density of jobs is located west of the station, and residents are primarily located east of the station.

  • There are several underutilized properties surrounding the proposed station, including smaller parcels less than one acre in size to larger parcels over five acres in size.

  • Sidewalks currently exist along several larger roads within the walkshed, but there are no existing bike facilities.

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East Charlotte  TOD  REadiness

  • The average cost of a home in Charlotte is $250,000, $9,800 more than the national average. Just over half of the housing in Charlotte consists of single-family, detached homes, while just over 30% are part of multi-family residential development. Around 35,260 households within the City are living below the poverty line.

  • In east Charlotte, there are around 7,800 apartments north of Independence Boulevard/Monroe Road and around 3,700 apartments south of Independence Boulevard/Monroe Road that can be considered naturally occurring affordable housing.

  • The proposed Bojangles, Conference, Sharon Amity, Village Lake, and Galleria stations are all adjacent to several underutilized properties, which have the potential to become TOD sites.

Village  Lake  Existing  Conditions

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  • The main land uses surrounding the proposed alignment through the Village Lake area are residential and commercial. There are also several parcels with industrial uses near the alignment.

  • At the north end of the rail alignment, there is a high concentration of housing. West of Monroe Road, at the sound end of the alignment, there is a high concentration of jobs.

  • There are a few underutilized parcels within the Village Lake area walkshed, including three parcels around the south end of the rail alignment.

  • Currently, sidewalks are present along Monroe Road and along several streets in the adjacent neighborhoods. A bike facility is located along Village Lake Drive, between Monroe Road and Independence Boulevard.

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East Charlotte  TOD  REadiness

  • The average cost of a home in Charlotte is $250,000, $9,800 more than the national average. Just over half of the housing in Charlotte consists of single-family, detached homes, while just over 30% are part of multi-family residential development. Around 35,260 households within the City are living below the poverty line.

  • In east Charlotte, there are around 7,800 apartments north of Independence Boulevard/Monroe Road and around 3,700 apartments south of Independence Boulevard/Monroe Road that can be considered naturally occurring affordable housing.

  • The proposed Bojangles, Conference, Sharon Amity, Village Lake, and Galleria stations are all adjacent to several underutilized properties, which have the potential to become TOD sites.

Entertainment  District  Existing  Conditions

  • A LYNX Silver Line station is proposed in the Entertainment District, a greenfield residential and commercial development that is in its early stages of development.

  • The alignment would also go through the Matthews Sportsplex and the Entertainment District station would be within walking distance of the Sportsplex.

  • There is new housing recently built as part of the Entertainment District directly adjacent to the proposed station area. Existing sidewalks are located along Matthews-Mint Hill Road as well as north and south of the corridor in the surrounding neighborhoods. There are no bike facilities in close proximity to the proposed alignment and station.

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Matthews   TOD 
REadiness

  • The average cost of a home in Matthews is $275,300, $35,100 more than the national average. Most housing in Matthews can be categorized as single-family, detached homes. The Town’s population is aging, and there are an estimated 400 households living below the poverty line.

  • There are a few underutilized properties located around the proposed Downtown Matthews and Entertainment District stations, which have the potential to be TOD-ready sites.

 Downtown  MAtthews  Existing  Conditions 

  • The proposed rail alignment along Matthews Street and Matthews-Mint Hill Road are fronted by industrial, commercial, residential, and institutional land uses, with the proposed Downtown Matthews station located within a commercial area.

  • North of the alignment, there is a higher concentration of jobs. Both households and jobs are located along Matthews Street and Matthews-Mint Hill south of the alignment but, overall, there is a higher employment than housing density.

  • There are several underutilized parcels within the Downtown Matthews station walkshed. Most parcels are two acres or smaller in size.

  • Several sidewalk segments currently exist along the proposed alignment west of Trade Street. A more comprehensive sidewalk network is located in the neighborhood north of the alignment as well as in Downtown, south of the alignment.

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Matthews   TOD 
REadiness

  • The average cost of a home in Matthews is $275,300, $35,100 more than the national average. Most housing in Matthews can be categorized as single-family, detached homes. The Town’s population is aging, and there are an estimated 400 households living below the poverty line.

  • There are a few underutilized properties located around the proposed Downtown Matthews and Entertainment District stations, which have the potential to be TOD-ready sites.