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Fifth Street Streetscape

Fifth Street Streetscape Project
This project will improve safety and connectivity to Charlotte's gateway area and the West End/Johnson C. Smith University area.

What's happened? Construction and landscaping is complete.

Who to contact:  Sharon Buchanan, Project Manager, 704-336-2044
The project was derived from the West End Land Use and Pedscape Plan adopted by City Council in 2005.  It includes streetscape improvements along Fifth Street between Trade Street and Irwin Avenue.   Specific improvements include bike lanes, decorative pedestrian lights, planted medians, trees in planting strips and crosswalks.

  • Improve safety and connectivity to both the West End/Johnson C Smith University area and the gateway area into town.
  • Improve the economic viability of both areas and create a more livable and sustainable business node and strengthen the area neighborhoods.

Historic Information:    
The West End Land Use and Pedscape Plan is the result of collaboration between residents, business owners, property owners, community organizations and City of Charlotte staff to produce a policy document that reflects a shared vision of West End.  Key elements of this plan are consistent with many concepts from preceding planning efforts, such as the Urban Land Institute‚Äôs (ULI) Technical Advisory Program report, the Historic West End Urban Vision Plan and the City Council-adopted Central District Plan.  A series of public meetings were held to inform and involve the public during the West End Land Use & Pedscape Plan process.  Separate meetings were held for other interest groups, including the Northwest Corridor CDC and the Northwest Corridor Business Association.  The plan includes several transportation recommendations, including the addition of pedestrian accommodations, street trees and appropriate street lighting.
Public Input Process
An public meeting was held in September 2011 to share details of the project. Click below to view a map of the project:

Fifth Street Streetscape Map

Budget:  $2,000,000
Please note this is the funding amount and includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, signalization, permits and landscaping.  Additional funding may be identified after the planning phase.

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team managed the Fifth Street Streetscape Project through a four stage process. Click here to learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.
Project Contacts:
Sharon Buchanan, PE, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-2044