has been awarded the prestigious Urban Design Merit award by the
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Charlotte section in recognition
for Mosaic Village.
Neighboring Concepts led the team that created the Historic West End
Urban Vision Plan, which is an initiative to develop the Historic West
End of Charlotte by including a mixture of uses, keeping it pedestrian
friendly and preserving the area’s rich history. The plan was
instrumental in implementing the city’s PED Overlay district for the
Johnson C. Smith University area. These factors paved the way for the
design of Mosaic Village, a “streetcar oriented,” mixed-use development
for JCSU students, the first off-campus housing facility.
Mosaic Village was designed as a sustainable campus that promotes diversity, mobility,
identity, history and vitality. The new urban housing development
consists of 80 units, lounges, a fitness room, game room and computer
lab. The 7,000 square feet of street level retail space consists of 3
main shell spaces located along West Trade St., each with an outdoor
terrace. The 400 space parking deck serves the needs of the building,
the community and future development. Skyline Terrace, one of the main
features of the village, is a rooftop gathering place with an uptown
view. As a result of the leadership of Dr. Ronald Carter and his
Board of Trustees at JCSU, the partnership with the Griffin Brothers
and the City of Charlotte came to fruition and Mosaic Village became an
architectural composition that respects its history, while chartering a
new path for the Historic West-End Community.
FreeMoreWest Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 25th where we
elected our board for 2013-2014. The board is pleased to announce
and welcome the first of two new board members to the team: Daniel
Morbitzer of State Farm.
As a former North Greenville University basketball player and college
sports fanatic, Daniel Morbitzer has a competitive spirit. This
attribute has helped propel him through graduate school at UConn and
gainful employment with major universities, to include: The University
of South Carolina, UConn, The University of Utah and Wake Forest.
At the start of the year, Daniel relocated to Charlotte in order to
pursue a promising career with State Farm as a Risk Advisor. Soon after
planting his roots in the Queen City, Daniel joined FMW in March and
most recently, got engaged to his beautiful fiancÚ, Lauren. Please join
us in congratulating the happy couple!
Together, Daniel and Lauren enjoy the outdoors, traveling and rooting for Alabama football on game days, Roll Tide!
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