Woolpert, a national architecture, engineering and geospatial firm has contracted with the city of Charlotte on to projects to improve the aesthetics, safety and collectivity of Prosperity Village. This will form part of the city’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program.
The first project will involve upgrading DeArmon Road, a 0.9 mile “farm to market” connector between Benfield and Browne roads. The project will see DeArmon converted from being a narrow and variable road section into a complete street that will have two travel lanes, a center median, planter strips, landscaping lighting and sidewalks as well as bike lanes. This proposed complete street section will help improve bicycle and pedestrian and vehicular connections between Benfield and Browne roads. The project will also include a Greenway crossing underneath the road for future Clark’s Creek Greenway.
Paul Smith, Woolpert Project manager said “The public has expressed great interest in the future extension of the Clark’s Creek Greenway north to DeArmon Road, with a pedestrian and bicycle connection into the Prosperity Village’s core activity center.”
Woolpert has also been contracted to provide planning through conceptual design services for the Craven Thomas Robert Helms Streetscape project. This is intended to aesthetically improve the Prosperity Village’s core area, encouraging more residents to walk and bike between the North and South activity centers.
The streetscape project includes the area between Craven Thomas Road and Robert Helms Road, from Benfield to Prosperity Ridge Road. It contains three cross streets bridging Interstate 485 and six roundabouts. It is at the central part of the city’s Prosperity Hucks Area Plan which city leaders have adopted to help shape the character and provide for a village like development pattern for the future of the Prosperity Village core.
Smith said “This project is a great opportunity to give Prosperity Village a true sense of place, whether you are exiting the interstate or crossing interstate from the North village to the south village. The project could potentially include monuments, gathering areas, landscape, lighting and public art.”
The project team is to hold multiple community meetings and will develop a community engagement strategy. The idea to add public art to the project already has the support of the city and the Arts & Science Council. Woolpert is expected to begin work on these projects on August 1.