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Brooklyn Village meetings scheduled

Following a series of community meetings, the developers of Second Ward’s proposed Brooklyn Village, illustrated above, will hold information sessions and a town hall meeting. Illustration courtesy BK Partners

Following a series of community meetings, the developers of Second Ward’s proposed Brooklyn Village, illustrated above, will hold information sessions and a town hall meeting. Illustration courtesy BK Partners

The developers of the proposed 17-acre Brooklyn Village project in the Second Ward will host several general information sessions Oct. 19 and a town hall meeting Oct. 20 to share its findings from community meetings held over the past few months.

BK Partners LLC was chosen by Mecklenburg County to redevelop two parcels along S. McDowell Street separated by the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. An 11.3-acre parcel holds the former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Education Center and Marshall Park, and a 5-acre parcel holds Walton Plaza.

Much of what is there now was built after the city’s urban renewal efforts that bulldozed the African-American community of Brooklyn half a century ago.

The developers plan to pay homage to the past.

At an August meeting with potential subcontractors who are small businesses or owned by women or minorities, developer Don Peebles said, “We have been fully mindful of the history and the expectations of this project with respect to its history.

Peebles is the sole shareholder of The Peebles Corp., a Miami-based national real estate and development company that ranks among the nation’s largest African-American-owned real estate development companies.

The other two BK partners are Conformity Corp., a Charlotte commercial real estate company specializing in urban development, residential construction and historic preservation, and the Charlotte office of Stantec, an engineering, consulting and design services company with its headquarters in Edmonton, Canada.

They have also partnered with designers Perkins+Will and Cole Jenest & Stone.

BK will hold four 90-minute informational sessions Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., on the fourth floor of the county Land Use and Environmental Services Agency building at 2145 Suttle Ave., Charlotte. The meetings will provide an overview of topics discussed at community meetings and allow attendees to offer additional feedback.

The developers will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, at 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte. At that meeting, BK Partners will share the feedback received from community meetings that covered the neighborhood’s history, cultural programming, opportunities for small businesses and those owned by women and minorities, affordable housing, open space, economic opportunity and approach to retail

Prior to the town hall meeting, BK Partners will host a 5:30 p.m. viewing of “A Colored School,” a documentary about Second Ward High School, the city’s first for African-Americans, which was razed in 1969.

The county chose BK Partners in June to develop the project, which will include buying the parcels for $33.7 million from the county and building 1,070 residential units, including 107 affordable ones; 170 condominiums; 680,000 square feet of office space; 250,000 square feet of retail space; two hotels totaling 280 rooms; 1.9 acres of public green space; and about 4,000 square feet of cultural space. The developers will also construct connective pedestrian and bike paths.

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