U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan Tours Johnson C. Smith University
Charlotte, N.C. – U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan spent a couple of hours on the Johnson C. Smith University campus on Jan.10 to review the school’s urban corridor development plans and meet with JCSU President Ronald L. Carter. She also toured the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research building and the Smith Institute for Applied Research.
Sen. Hagan is a member of the Senate Education Committee. Her visit was part of an effort by JCSU to push for federal development and science grants. During her visit, Sen. Hagan watched a robotics demonstration as part of the STEM program.
Dr. Carter and JCSU are leading the charge to revitalize the economically distressed Northwest Corridor, stretching from uptown to the university’s campus on Beatties Ford Rd. The organizing force behind the revitalizing effort is the Soul of the Northwest Corridor, a university-led group that is working with local residents to empower and redevelop the neighborhoods along Beatties Ford Road.
One of the hallmarks is the two-acre Mosaic Village under construction at West Trade Street near the university. It will include a four-level, 400-space parking deck, student housing and 7,500 square feet of street-level retail space. Last year the university completed the Arts Factory complex on Beatties Ford Road, just outside the university gates, to serve as a home for the new visual and performing arts program.
Future plans include the Foster Village Network Center, located across from campus. The center will offer housing and other programs and services for emancipated foster care youth. At the heart of the center stands the Davis House, a historic African-American landmark that is undergoing an $800,000 renovation.
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.
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