Charlotte Future 2040
Place Types: Innovation Mixed-Use
Goal: Contribute to Charlotte’s economic viability by providing mixed-use urban places that include light manufacturing, office, residential, and retail.
Innovation Mixed-Use places are vibrant areas of mixed-use and employment, typically in older urban areas, that capitalize on Charlotte’s history and industry with uses such as light manufacturing, office, studios, research, retail, and dining.
- Typical uses include office, research and development, studios, light manufacturing, showrooms, hotels, and multi-family residential.
- Uses in this Place Type also include retail, personal services, restaurants, and bars, and limited warehouse and distribution associated with light manufacturing and Fabrication.
- This Place Type is characterized by adaptively reused buildings and low to mid-rise single-use structures that are transitioning to vertically integrated uses in a pedestrian-oriented environment.
- Innovation Mixed-Use places are accessible by higher capacity facilities such as arterials and may also include access from interstates and freight rail. Streets serve all travel modes while still accommodating large trucks along primary arterial streets. The local and collector street network is well-connected to serve sites directly and to provide good access to arterials. Truck traffic will use routes that do not impact neighborhoods or open spaces.
- Mobility hubs with transit stations, pick-up and drop-off areas, bike parking and rental, and micro-mobility options should be provided within this Place Type to accommodate employees without access to a vehicle.
- Arterial streets support walking, cycling, and transit use by providing a safe and comfortable environment to reach transit stops, jobs, or nearby destinations.
- The typical building in Innovation Mixed-Use places is an older industrial structure that has been adaptively reused.
- Newer office, residential, and mixed-use buildings with heights up to six stories are found in this Place Type. New buildings are designed with active ground floor uses to support a vibrant pedestrian environment. They have tall ground floors and a high degree of transparency using clear glass windows and doors.
- This Place Type includes improved numerous open spaces such as plazas, patios, and courtyards that may include landscaping. Public open spaces such as small parks and greenways, and natural open spaces such as tree preservation areas, are also an important feature and should be included in Innovation Mixed-Use places.
- Active and passive community gathering spaces
- Adaptive reuse of light industrial or underutilized buildings, embracing unique history and form
- Regular rail crossings
- Increased tree canopy
Bird’s Eye Highlights
- Infill/redevelopment (adaptive reuse when possible) including light industrial, light industrial mixed use, medium to high density residential, and commercial
- A variety of innovation mixed-use uses which may include breweries/distilleries, office, research, light manufacturing, art/exercise studios, hotels, coworking space, etc.
- Improved multi-modal street connections to accommodate multiple modes of transportation including freight
- Frequent pedestrian connections to and between buildings and blocks and across rail lines
- Small parking lots and garages located to the side and behind buildings as feasible
- Transition to surrounding neighborhoods
- Design references the CAMP North End Master Plan (as one example area)
- The reuse of buildings for small scale production and distribution like breweries, bakeries, and similar businesses is common and encouraged.
- Self storage coupled with ground floor commercial space integrate this use into a mixed use, walkable place.
- Creative office space often occupies buildings not originally created for office use.
- Mixed Use Residential buildings may be integrated into post industrial buildings.
- Preservation of significant industrial buildings for new uses is common in areas that want to maintain a character that honors the past.
- Small older purpose built warehouses can become the framework for a wide range of development infill.
- New office buildings can take on the character of a transitioning industrial area and provide a mix of old and new building styles.
- Newly built, smaller scale flex buildings that house office uses in conjunction with limited distribution are common. Truck traffic is lower than Manufacturing and Logistics uses, minimizing the impacts to adjacent neighborhoods.