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Newell-South Neighborhood Improvement Project
April 28-May 6, 2016

To accommodate construction for the LYNX Blue Line Extension, the median at Owen Boulevard at North Tryon Street will close on Thursday, April 28 at 6 a.m. until Friday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. Motorists traveling northbound or southbound North Tryon Street, as well as motorists turning right from Owen Boulevard, will not be affected.

Motorists seeking to turn left should follow the detour route of North Tryon Street, Tom Hunter Road and Arrowhead Drive. Local access to residences will be maintained and CATS will not be affected.

View additional details and detour maps.

This project will include infrastructure improvements such as sidewalk, curb,  gutter, and storm drainage within the Newell-South neighborhood.

What's happened?  During discussions with property owners during the real estate phase, the project team determined additional analysis were needed for the culverts under Kemp Street, Indian Lane and Sandy Avenue.  The project team found improvements to these culverts were necessary and adding these adjustments to the design has delayed the bid phase. Real estate negotiations are complete, and the project is now in final design.  

What's next? The bid phase (a 5-6 month process) is expected to begin in December 2015. Construction and utility relocations are expected to begin in spring 2016.

Who to contact? Mark Grimshaw, 704-336-4549.

A 2010 Neighborhood Bond Project

The Newell-South Neighborhood project is bounded between North Tryon Street, Orr Road, Rockland Road and West Rocky River Road.  In November 2006, voters approved neighborhood improvement bonds for the planning and design of infrastructure improvements within the Newell-South Neighborhood.  Approval of the 2010 Neighborhood Bonds allocated funding for construction of the Newell-South Neighborhood Improvement Project.

After an extensive public input process, it was determined that the proposed improvements would include sidewalk on Owen Boulevard, Kemp Street, Gray Drive, Creekstone Place, Blue Rock Drive and Rockland Drive. The project will also include an overland connector on Rockland Drive and some curb and gutter and minor storm drainage improvements. Click here to view the project limits.


  • Implement infrastructure improvements that will enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood.
  • Coordinate and collaborate selected infrastructure improvements with Newell-South residents, CDOT and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
  • Maximize the value of neighborhood improvements through effective project management that ensures schedule, budget and quality requirements are met.
Project Information
During the Real Estate Phase, discussions with property owners and further study and exploration by staff resulted in the need for additional storm water improvements to be added to the NIP project on Kemp Street. This storm water design is under way, and the project plans will be revised when the design is approved and accepted by the City. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is proposing to construct a portion of Toby Creek Greenway and Overland Connector parallel to Rockland Drive. This proposed greenway is also parallel to the proposed Newell South NIP sidewalk along Rockland. To minimize impacts to this area, staff has decided to eliminate the NIP sidewalk along Rockland from Rocky River to Blue Rock. Safe pedestrian access in this area will be provided by the greenway / overland connector.  Bidding the NIP project and utility relocation will follow approval of the additional Kemp Street storm drainage work, with construction currently to be determined based upon Storm Water Services approval.

View plans

Many residents have asked to view the design plans. View them here

Cost:  $ 3,720,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs as​sociated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, signalization, permits and construction.

Project Contacts

  • Mark Grimshaw, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-4549
  • Charlenea Duncan, Neighborhood and Business Services, 704-336-2173