Charlotte City Council voted last week to approve a contract for construction of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 Streetcar project, extending the existing Phase 1 project by 2.5 miles resulting in a four-mile operating segment. The Johnson Bros. Corporation of Roanoke, Texas was awarded $80,671,158 to construct the Phase 2 segment of the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar and $13,432,362 for associated city improvements. The Johnson Bros. Corporation, part of Southland Holdings LLC, specializes in bridge, highway and infrastructure services across the United States and Canada.
Council also authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Siemens Transportation for six modern hybrid streetcar vehicles and spare parts. The hybrid streetcar vehicles will include on-board batteries and will be capable of operating off-wire from the CTC/Arena Stop to the Tryon Street Stop. The new vehicles will replace the existing trolley vehicles currently being used on Phase 1.
The CityLYNX Phase 2 project is an integral component of the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s adopted 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan that links bus and rail service in the Central Business District. The Phase 2 project is anticipated to be complete by third quarter 2020.
Other Council Items:
Council approves Snyder’s Lance Business Investment Grant
City Council also voted to approve an economic development Business Investment Grant for Snyder’s Lance Inc. for its $38 million investment in the expansion of its manufacturing operations and headquarters in Charlotte, including the addition of a new brand operation. City and Mecklenburg County contributions are estimated to be worth $1,706,666 over the five-year grant period. The approved city contribution is $631,166.
In addition to the $38 million capital investment, Snyder’s Lance has committed to creating 130 new jobs over five years with an average annual wage of $45,000 (93% of the regional average wage) and retaining 900 production employees throughout the term of the grant.
In addition to the grant for the expansion, the state of North Carolina approved a One North Carolina Fund Grant in the amount of $100,000 and $130,000 in community college training funds.
Snyder’s Lance, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, is one of the largest snack makers in the United States. The company manufactures and markets snack food throughout the world with manufacturing plants in Charlotte and nine other states.
Animal Care & Control Shelter Partnership
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) presented information to council on operation and space needs for its Animal Care & Control (AC&C) facility. The current AC&C facility presents numerous maintenance and upgrade concerns and space limitations, and the current AC&C shelter will be impacted by anticipated Charlotte-Douglas International Airport expansions.
AC&C has explored an opportunity to operate from a shared facility with the Humane Society of Charlotte which creates cost efficiencies and provides a modern facility to serve the community. Council granted AC&C’s request to continue partnership discussions with the Humane Society.