Mosaic Village Opens with Colorful Festivities in Charlotte’s Historic West End
Mosaic Village opened on October 4 in the historic West End. Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, city officials and business leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 124,000-square-foot facility at 1635 West Trade Street.
The 25-million-dollar project, funded by public-private partnerships with the University, the Griffin Family of Griffin Brothers Tires, Inc. and the city of Charlotte, features 80 apartment-style suites serving 300 student-tenants, street-front retail space and a parking garage. Mosaic Village’s fully furnished suites are equipped with kitchens, washers/dryers, dishwashers and sitting areas.
The event drew more than 200 members of the community and the University who filled West Trade Street, which was closed to traffic. The ceremony began with a procession of the JCSU marching band, the International Institution of Sound, highlighted by a proclamation by Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell and entertainment by the JCSU Concert Choir.
The colorful design of Mosaic Village is inspired by the area's rich history and unmatched resilience, according to Darrel Williams, principal of Neighboring Concepts. “Mosaic Village becomes an architectural composition that respects its history, while charting a new path for the Historic West End community."
“We are proud to partner with the Griffin family of Griffin Brothers Tire, Inc. and the city of Charlotte as we carry out the mission of the West Trade Street/Beatties Ford Road Task Force to revive the soul of the Northwest Corridor,” said Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of JCSU. “We are grateful to all who have helped make Mosaic Village a catalyst for positive change.”
- During his remarks, Foxx called Mosaic Village “a down payment on the future,” made possible because of the University’s vision to extend beyond its gates into the community. Businessman Mike Griffin called the development a “great investment inspired by a passion that will keep moving the Northwest Corridor forward.”
- Mosaic Village’s exterior wall mural by local artist Abel Jackson is the latest addition of artwork in the West End that was celebrated today.
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