Center City Partners
About Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte Center City Partners facilitates and promotes the economic and cultural development of our urban core. There are approximately 13,000 residents of Uptown Charlotte and South End. With neighborhood support and development being a key initiative, CCCP serves South End and Uptown to build strong urban neighborhoods with quality schools, parks, programming and residential amenities, through subject matter expertise in community building, marketing, events, recruiting and project management. CCCP also markets the attributes of urban living to build interest in Center City living. You can visit the website at www.charlottecentercity.org for more information on CCCP's initiatives and programming.
State of Center City 2015 Report
The annual State of the Center City Report was created to highlight the growth and development of Charlotte's urban core during the last fiscal year. The report is prepared by Charlotte Center City Partners, a 501(c) 4 not-for-profit corporation that provides advocacy and services related to economic development and planning, marketing and communications, as well as programs and events.
Center City 2020 Vision Plan
The Charlotte Center City 2020 Vision Plan planning and design process began in September 2009, with a Draft Plan made available Summer 2011. The interactive and engaging public process has provided integral direction for a successful Draft Plan and has resulted in a vision for the Center City that reflects the entire community. Opportunities for participation included stakeholder interviews, working groups, community workshops, a local professional charette and several meetings with the steering and technical committees.
The consultant team presented the Draft Plan to the project's Technical Committee, followed by a review by the Plannnig Commission in May and review by the City's Transportation and Planning Committee on June 20th. The Draft Plan and its recommendations have been well received and will be reviewed by the City Council on July 25th, 2011.
The Charlotte Center City 2020 Vision Plan provides a development framework and planning recommendations for the center of the Charlotte region. This effort encompasses more than Uptown by focusing on connecting adjacent neighborhoods and breaking down the I-277 barrier. In uncertain economic times it becomes even more critical that there is a plan for the region’s economic engine. The Plan provides direction and sets priorities for leveraging finite resources. The planning process inspires public and private partnerships and fosters collaborations within and beyond Center City.
To learn more, visit www.CenterCity2020.com or call 704-332-2227.
How does CCCP work with Uptown residents?
Presently, residents interact with CCCP in the following ways:
Two (of 38) members of CCCP’s board of directors/executive committees are Uptown residents;
Recurrent information-sharing meetings with the presidents of Uptown and South End neighborhood organizations;
Regular visits from the VP of Neighborhood Development, Megan Gude, at neighborhood meetings and events;
Through appointment on various CCCP committees (transportation, schools, etc.).
CCCP gathers feedback on its projects and programs from residents of Uptown and South End through the respective neighborhood associations. The Fourth Ward Neighborhood Association has established the following platforms to be a consistent channel of communication for residents: monthly newsletters, regular neighborhood meetings, the www.fofw.org website and contact form.
How are programs and initiatives funded?
Neighborhood associations are not funded by CCCP, but in certain circumstances associations and CCCP can work in partnership for the pursuit of grants and fundraising efforts. As an Uptown homeowner, the additional “special district” taxes on your property fund the programs and projects of Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP).
CCCP requests feedback on their program of work through the Fourth Ward Neighborhood Association and other neighborhood associations in First Ward, Third Ward, and South End.
What are Municipal Service Districts (MSDs)?
Municipal Service Districts (MSDs) are a special tax overlay affecting a certain area. Similar to a Business Improvement District, an MSD adds an extra tax on property owners in that geography to fund programs and projects intended for the property owners’ benefit. MSD #2 and MSD #3 are applied as shown on the map below.
Uptown Charlotte has three MSDs that provide funding for Charlotte Center City Partners. MSD #1 is applied to all taxpaying parcels Uptown (non-taxpaying parcels include churches and universities).
Property tax bills for Uptown homeowners identify MSDs as Special Districts. Depending on your address,
your bill will include MSD #1 only, MSDs #1 and #2, or MSDs #1 and #3.