Champion Leadership and Learning

Invest Collegiate

Beginning July 31st, 2013, Invest Collegiate, a newly established K-12 charter school, will open its doors to serve approximately 560 students in the historic Wilmore area of Charlotte. 

Invest Collegiate offers tuition-free enrollment, exemplary educational opportunities and a very unique vision for its budding students: “To transform education for children in Charlotte by championing leadership and learning while embracing each child’s potential and inspiring them to aim higher to achieve success.”

Invest Collegiate will become one of seven newly approved charter schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Collectively, the schools will accommodate nearly 3,000 students during the 2013-2014 school year, and will welcome more than 8,000 students as the programs begin to develop and expand in later years. 

Initially, Invest Collegiate will operate out of a  renovated historic building situated alongside Charlotte’s Dilworth and Southend neighborhoods, with plans to expand as enrollment develops pending zoning approval. For more information on Invest Collegiate, employment opportunities and student enrollment, visit

Award Winning Mosaic Village

Mosaic Village

Neighboring Concepts 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 Member Profile

Daniel MorbitzerThe 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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E. F. Lombardi
Providence Commercial
Wesley Village Apartments
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