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County to meet on Brooklyn Village redevelopment

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting May 19 on the proposed redevelopment of Brooklyn Village.

A county notification said the purpose of the special meeting is “to receive information on disposition and proposed redevelopment of” Brooklyn Village parcels.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, 2145 Suttle Ave.

Dennis LaCaria, senior assistant to the county manager who is working on the project, couldn’t be reached for comment.

The county has narrowed the field of potential redevelopment companies for the Brooklyn Village and Walton Plaza parcels to Crescent Communities, CitiSculpt, and Conformity Corp.

The county launched its search for a developer late last year. It evaluated developer submissions early in December, before short-listing the three companies. The county said it allowed responses for one or both of the sites.

The two parcels have long been ripe for development. Spectrum Properties, after years of negotiations, was supposed to purchase the 6.5-acre Marshall Park included in the Brooklyn neighborhood for $18.9 million in 2013. But the deal fell through, and Spectrum’s plans for 690 apartments, office and retail space never materialized.

The entire Brooklyn Village area, named after the predominantly African-American community that was there before the city cleared the area in the 1960s for government facilities and Marshall Park, comprises more than 11 acres bounded by Davidson, South McDowell and East Third streets, and East Martin Luther King Drive.

The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center separates the site from Walton Plaza, home to a seven-story office tower occupied by the county and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools personnel. The 5-acre property is between Interstate 277 and East Stonewall Street, north of South McDowell Street.

The county says the selected developer must include in its plans a provision for at least 30 units of affordable housing and the preservation of at least 1.6 acres of open space within the Brooklyn Village site.

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