First Ward 

Transforming a Public Housing Project into a New Uptown Neighborhood

With an outdated public housing project impeding growth of Uptown Charlotte and its development potential, Bank of America CDC approached UDA in the mid-nineties with the task of creating a new neighborhood that worked for everyone. What followed was a remarkable public/private city building initiative to create a master plan and development strategy for one of the four quadrants comprising Charlotte’s Center City. UDA worked with the city’s Uptown Partnership, Bank of America, city officials, and citizens in a series of public forums and workshops to develop a bold plan and chart a re-investment initiative for the First Ward strategy. The culminating vision included light rail transit, new retail, and recreation and education facilities supporting a series of residential precincts. Today’s, it’s one of the most desirable neighborhoods in The Queen City.