As 2016 comes to an end, here’s a look back at some of the events, stories and decisions that helped shape Mecklenburg County government over the past 12 months. Stories are listed in chronological order.
A New Building for LUESAMecklenburg County held a dedication ceremony on Jan. 8 officially opening the new Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) building at 2145 Suttle Avenue. View pictures. The 100,000 sq. ft. facility houses Air Quality, Code Enforcement, Water & Land Resources, Geospatial Information Services, Solid Waste and Support Services. LUESA, which moved from the Hal Marshall Center in uptown Charlotte, is the first County agency to relocate as part of Bringing Mecklenburg County to You – Mecklenburg County’s Facilities Master Plan. The plan aims to provide quality County services in locations that are convenient to customers.
The new facility, located at 4301 Wilkinson Blvd., will take about a year to complete, and will eventually house 530 employees.
2016 events were held in May and October, allowing residents to explore the neighborhoods of NoDa and South End like never before. Two more Open Streets events are planned for 2017.
The beach is open seven days a week, Memorial Day to Labor Day. A weekend shuttle service is in place to help ease traffic. Details can be found here.
In June, County Commissioners selected BK Partners as the master developer for the ambitious project. Their first order of business was to engage the community through a series of information sessions. Topics included history, cultural programming, affordable housing, public open space, MWSBE participation, economic opportunity and approach to retail. Learn more about the redevelopment project.
Park and Rec Makes Major Splash with Opening of Renovated Aquatic CenterAfter a year of renovations, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation reopened the Aquatic Center in uptown Charlotte on June 1.
The state-of-the-art facility features a brand new competition pool, fitness area, locker rooms and lobby. View pictures from the open house. View renovation pictures.
A Fresh Approach to Food Access in Mecklenburg CountyTo help put fresh, healthy and affordable food options within reach, the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department launched the Rosa Parks Farmers Market this summer at the Northwest Health Department location, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd. This local, seasonal marketplace brings neighboring communities, health department clients and County residents easier, more convenient access to healthy food options. Connecting local farmers and consumers facilitates access to nutritious, local foods and encourages a healthy wellbeing and lifestyle. Video
County Support Following Whitewater Center IncidentSeveral agencies, including the Public Health Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, played key roles in ensuring the public’s safety following the death of a teenager who contracted the amoeba at the US National Whitewater Center this summer.
As crews worked to clean the channel, the County held several news conferences to update the public on the progress. The Health Department and Storm Water Services routinely monitored water quality and oversaw the discharge of the water into the Catawba River.
County Expands Early Childhood Education In October, Mecklenburg County launched a two-phase study to develop a process to expand access to early childhood education to significantly more children in the County. The initiative will include an initial feasibility study that will be followed by an implementation design study. Working collaboratively with the County and its Economic Opportunity Task Force, the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council (CELC) will fund the independent research study, which will be overseen by the County. The CELC is providing $500,000 to fund the study.
BOCC Elects Scarborough, Puckett to Leadership RolesDuring its swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 5, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners elected Ella B. Scarborough (D), At-Large, as chair and Jim Puckett (R), District 1, as vice chair.
Both Scarborough and Puckett will serve in these positions for a one-year term expiring in December 2017.
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