The University broke ground May 15, 2011 on Mosaic Village, part of an exciting new venture to revitalize the Northwest Corridor, spanning from Center City to the University gates. The project is the brainchild of the Beatties Ford Road Task Force, a University-led group of businesses, developers, residents and city authorities who are charting a course for revitalizing the West End.
The $25 million 124,000-square-foot mixed-use facility at 1635 West Trade Street features 80 apartment-style suites on four floors and will accommodate 300 tenants. Each unit is equipped with a washer/dryer, kitchen, dishwasher and den. Every floor also has a common area and inner courtyard.
In Harmony with the Historic West End
Inspired by the area’s rich history and unmatched resilience, JCSU’s Mosaic Village has carefully been sculpted by the cultural influence of jazz music, seen and heard at the nearby historic Excelsior Club. The rhythmic progression of the building pulls from the jazz aesthetic and its improvisational, yet structured, nature. A study of how the layers of music can inform and compose the layers of architecture produces an array of breaks, riffs, vamps, bridges and improvs in physical form.
Following these rules from the realm of jazz, the public and physical realm of Mosaic Village becomes an architectural composition that respects its history, while chartering a new path for the Historic West End community.
Transforming the Community
A project like Mosaic Village is designed to attract new businesses that will benefit from residents living in high-density housing. For added convenience, the property includes a 400-car parking deck, 7,500 square feet of retail space and a 4,000-square-foot rooftop garden. The facility’s design by Neighboring Concepts reflects a vibrant mosaic of color and a modern style that fits the University’s urban landscape.
Linking the Mosaic Village to the main campus and uptown Charlotte is the Gold Rush, a free shuttle bus that began service in February 2011. Ridership is already picking up speed, up 30 percent, as more students, faculty and staff enjoy the free ride to and from campus.
Mosaic Village is a public-private partnership between JCSU, the Griffin family of Griffin Brothers Tires, Wheels and Automotive and the city of Charlotte. It is a concrete example of positive change taking place on campus and in the surrounding community. Mosaic Village has been designed as a sustainable facility that promotes diversity, mobility, identity, history and vitality.
We are grateful to our many community partners who are helping West Trade Street experience a rebirth of activity and momentum. This project is one more step toward fulfilling the University’s role as a private institution with a public purpose.