The Varnadore Project
WHAT: An initiative to redevelop properties at the corner of Independence Blvd. and Albemarle Road, cumulatively known as the Varnadore Property et. al.
- The local community, the City of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County must fully demonstrate that they desire the project. This requirement will be met through a petition that is currently circulating and letters of support.
- It is determined that the project will not deteriorate because of zoning and permitting issues. This requirement is currently being held under close scrutiny since existing code, zoning, and permitting guidelines do not have language to address the project’s unique components.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE VARNADORE PROJECT:
Eastland Mall Redevelopment
PHASE 1 COMPLETE
WHAT: Supported the launch of a grass-roots, community oriented, redevelopment initiative targeting the Eastland Mall site in Charlotte, NC.
~ Garner support from stakeholders.
~ Develop a socially oriented, problem solving, economically viable, community informed and supported vision for the site.
~ Provoke investment interest, involvement, and future action.
RESULT: Mission accomplished for Phase I
East Corridor Redevelopment
WHAT: To redevelop and recycle a depressed and crumbling property asset into a productive and meaningful community asset.
HOW: Currently, Our Local is reaching out to its partners, surrounding residents, and relevant stakeholders to gain valuable input on how to best transform a decayed property into something that would be desirable and economically viable.
~ To improve the property by using an attractive, sustainable, and socially responsible business model.
~ To promote and otherwise physically manifest the vision of Our Local.
RESULTS TO DATE: A target property is now under contract and community outreach has started.
WHAT: Growing and promoting the mission of 100 Gardens: To use aquaponics as an platform for experimental learning and sustainable means of food production for the future.
HOW: Currently, Our Local is providing guidance, staff resources, and connection to meaningful partners along with other necessary resources that align with Our Local’s mission.
~To grow 100 Gardens as an organization and expand it’s impact, reach, and abilities.
RESULTS TO DATE: 100 Gardens is developing new meaningful partnerships, connections, and other valuable resources that will allow the organization to accelerate its evolution and fuel its growth.
PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
WHAT: Incubating and accelerating an organization that is bringing an innovative consumer oriented aquaponics product to market.
HOW: Our Local is providing structure, guidance, staff, connection to meaningful partners, and funding along with other necessary resources that align with Our Local’s mission.
~ Accelerate market entry.
~ Enable business growth and market acceptance and adoption.
~ Promote awareness and re-connection to chemical-free, fresh foods, and nutrition.
~ Promote education and awareness of sustainable, water-efficient, food production methods.
THE VARNADORE LETTERS
See what Charlotte’s community leaders have to say about our Varnadore initiative.
Your efforts to engage the community demonstrates your commitment to collaboration, while the project itself demonstrates your commitment to ensuring quality economic development and expanding economic opportunity for our residents. The project as proposed will not only serve as a much needed catalyst for the corridor, it will at the same time provide long awaited amenities for local residents as well as visitors.
Mimi Davis – President, Grove Park
These currently vacant properties act as a buffer between Eastway-Sheffield Park and Independence Boulevard. Thus, Our Local’s plans to redevelop the historical properties would offer my neighborhood, East Charlotte and, most importantly, all of Charlotte an exciting opportunity to stand out on a world stage, demonstrating our city’s progressive attitude, agility, and forward thinking.
Carolyn Millen – President, Eastway-Sheffield Park
Meet the local Charlotteans working together to bring about change within our communities.
Amity Gardens Neighborhood Association
Our Local: Representative,
Charlotte East Resident
Carolyn Millen/Abby Bopp
Eastway Park/Sheffield Park N.A.