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Commonwealth/The Plaza Business Corridor Project

Commonwealth and The Plaza
This project will draw upon existing street character and texture to improve pedestrian and vehicular spaces along the street.  

What's happened?  City staff worked with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. consultants to plan these improvements. The City staff and consultants have also worked closely with the public to get input. This input has helped shape the design of the streetscape. Public meetings were held on May 6, 2008, July 15, 2008, November 16, 2010 and February 24, 2011. Both the real estate acquisition and bid phases are complete and construction is currently underway.

What's next?  Construction is complete. A ribbon cutting celebrations was held March 26, 2013. The contractor is currently working on a punch list of construction items.

Who to contact:
Tom Russell, 704-336-4639

A Transportation Bond Project

This streetscape project is located east of Uptown, between Central Avenue and Independence Boulevard. The project limits are along Commonwealth from Pecan Avenue to The Plaza and along The Plaza from Commonwealth to Central Avenue.

The improvements will include additional public parking on-street, safer pedestrian crossings, new sidewalks and amenities, and reduce the number and/or size of driveway openings.  Click here to view concept plan.

commonwealth map

A key element to this project is reverse angle parking. Click here to learn more.


  • Follow the Plaza-Central Pedscape Plan, which sought to create a vibrant mixed use district and to become a model of realizing a historic way of living while protecting what is special about the area.
  • Include principles of the Business Corridor Revitalization Program, which was identified in the 1988 Transportation Bonds to strengthen economic vitality along business corridors and compliment the stabilization of neighborhoods.
  • Focus on the multi-modal function of designated streets and appearance of the streetscape.
  • Respond to needs for increased parking.
  • Improve safety by defining pedestrian zones and creating shared vehicular/bicycle lanes from Pecan Ave to The Plaza and from Commonwealth to McClintock.
  • Make the connection from the Commonwealth/Plaza area to the previously completed Central Avenue improvements.

Estimated Project Cost: $4,100,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, signalization, permits, construction, and landscaping.   

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team will manage the Commonwealth and The Plaza Corridor Project through a four stage process. Click here to learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.
Project Contacts:
Tom Russell, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-4639
Kent Main, Planning Commission, 704-336-5721
Tom Sorrentino PE, Transportation Project Manager, 704-336-3938