Ribbon Cutting

Mosaic Village, the latest jewel in Charlotte’s crown, opened on October 4 in the historic West End as the latest sign of revitalization in the Northwest Corridor. 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.

Photo by JCSU Staff
Photo by JCSU Staff
(L-R) Mike Griffin, Malcolm Graham, James Mitchell, Ronald L. Carter, Anthony Foxx, Larry Griffin Sr., Darrel Williams, Larry Griffin Jr.

Charlotte, N.C. – October  4, 2012 – Mosaic Village, the latest jewel in Charlotte’s crown, opened on October 4 in the historic West End as the latest sign of revitalization in the Northwest Corridor. 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.

“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 Carter. “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.”

In his remarks preceding the ribbon cutting, Carter cited a religious lyric by the prophet Habakkuk, which has been the motivational force behind “pricking the collective conscience of this Queen City about the imperative to build and sustain assets in the Northwest Corridor.” Carter thanked supporters for their prayers and encouragement, adding “let this day be a demonstration that, through vision, passion, perseverance, courage and sense of purpose, we can continue to phase up to other possibilities.”

Student-tenants celebrated the opening of Mosaic Village with suitcases in hand as they began moving into their two-, four- and five-bedroom apartments. Sophomore Yolanda Babb chose Mosaic Village for the convenience and savings. “Moving to Mosaic will cut down on the commute to campus, save on gas, rent and utilities,” she said. “It will make me feel more a part of the campus environment and enjoy the on-site amenities, such as study rooms, in-suite washers/dryers and gym facilities.”        

Students won’t be the only ones moving into Mosaic Village. The facility is open to the Charlotte community and its 7,500 square feet of retail space on the first floor will be leased to small businesses, including a barber shop, convenience store and express restaurant, all of which will be open to the public. A public garage is also open to nonresidents. The rooftop garden on the top of the garage offers a full view of the uptown Charlotte skyline.

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."

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. In addition, “Passing Through Light,” public art at the West Trade Street and I-77 underpass, serves as another visual and dynamic gateway for vehicles and pedestrians going in and out of the area. A dedication ceremony with artist Erwin Redl also highlighted the Mosaic Village opening event.