Projects & Initiatives

Upcoming


PMNA has several projects in the works for 2019, including...

Signal Box Wraps: We're bringing the work of great local artists to the streets of Plaza Midwood by wrapping traffic signal boxes with their amazing designs. See more information HERE.

Trash Cans in the commercial district: PMNA and PMM have partnered on a new city pilot program to bring eight new trash bins in high traffic areas. Get more info

Midwood Park Amphitheater remodel: We're hoping to upgrade the seating at the Midwood Park amphitheater along with other great park improvements. Get more info

The Plaza Streetscape Project: PMNA is working closely with CDOT on the redesign of The Plaza and Parkwood Road. In addition to adding crosswalks, signals and bike lanes, we plan to add lots of great art and neighborhood history to the design. Get more info from the city's site or view our FAQ HERE.

Briar Creek Greenway: PMNA is working with county leaders and Greenways for Mecklenburg to help complete Briar Creek Greenway from Central Avenue across Independence and into Chantilly. Get more info

PMNA Spring Cleaning: We're working to bring a new spring clean-up event to the neighborhood to allow neighbors to get rid of everything from old paint cans to electronics in a safe way. Get more info

Gordon Street Alleyway: We're working with PMM on a complete redesign of the Gordon Street Alley behind Snug Harbor, adding lighting, planters, benches and art for a safer, friendlier meeting place for neighbors and visitors. Get more info

Ongoing



COMMUNITY GARDEN


The Midwood Park Community Garden was created in the summer of 2005 by Plaza Midwood residents interested in beautifying an unused lot near the tennis court in Midwood Park. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is our partner in this effort to create a beautiful, horticulturally-rich space where children and adults can learn about preserving wildlife habitats, gardening with native plants, composting and other environmental-friendly practices

You don’t have to be a gardener to get involved! This is a community-building project and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

YARD OF THE MONTH


Each month, PMNA awards a Yard of the Month winner to the neighbor whose yard, garden or decor helps make the neighborhood beautiful.

To nominate a neighbor for Yard of the Month, click HERE.

Winners receive a complimentary bouquet from Nectar.

Plaza Midwood’s Yard of the month is sponsored by Nectar Floral Designs, one of our great neighborhood florists. Each month’s winning home receives a bouquet of flowers from Nectar.

For a full list of past winners, click HERE.

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BEST OF PLAZA MIDWOOD


Each quarter, we honor a neighbor, merchant and educator who have had a positive impact on Plaza Midwood. We'll have a story on each winner in the subsequent issue of The Spirit, along with details in our monthly e-newsletters.

View past winners HERE.

To nominate a neighbor, educator or merchant, contact us at board@plazamidwood.org.

LAND USE GROUP


The Plaza Midwood Land Use Group meets every Third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the basement of The Vine Church (2101 Belvedere) to discuss landuse changes in the neighborhood. The group was formed in 2014 to address the need for a consistent and informed neighborhood voice in development issues impacting Plaza Midwood. We have held consistent monthly meetings since February 2016.

Meetings are open to all. Property Owners, Renters, Developers and Neighborhood enthusiasts are all encouraged to attend and participate.

Find more about Plaza Midwood's Land Use group, along with meeting minutes HERE.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH


The neighborhood watch actively pursues a safe, responsible living environment by supporting our law enforcement officers and their efforts.  The goal of the Neighborhood Watch is to help Plaza Midwoodresidents stay better in touch with each other and get the word out about suspicious activity.

Subscribe to Neighborhood Watch mailing list



Some helpful advice for seniors to avoid online and other scams can be found HERE.

See recent Neighborhood Watch News and other updates HERE.

DOG WASTE STATIONS


PMNA has installed more than a dozen pet waste stations covering nearly every corner of the neighborhood. Each station is professionally maintained by Charlotte Poop 911 on a weekly basis, with the cost of that service covered by our great sponsors.

To view a full map of dog waste stations in Plaza Midwood, click HERE.

STROLL AND ROLL


A campaign led by residents in Plaza Midwood, and sponsored by the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association (PMNA) and Sustain Charlotte, urging City Council to improve pedestrian and bicycling safety by implementing a complete street design on the main streets in Plaza Midwood.  Find out more and sign the petition at the Stroll & Roll Facebook page.

After hearing community feedback and analyzing results of the pilot project which showed a huge reduction in speeding, CDOT is moving forward with a project to convert The Plaza into a safer street for all users including new crossing points with pedestrian refuge islands and the conversion of one vehicle lane on each side into a buffered bike lane. CDOT will begin construction for The Plaza street conversion as early as August 2019 and expects to be complete by November 2019.

Also in the works - The Plaza "Livable Street" project will enhance the CDOT design by adding art, beautification, and other placemaking elements. Our vision is not only to make The Plaza a safer street for everyone, but also to create a welcoming, vibrant, and people-friendly place that encourages activity, facilitates connections, and builds community - also known as a Livable Street.

PLAZA/PARKWOOD STREETSCAPE


PMNA is working in conjunction with CDOT to improve safety and driving conditions on both Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza. This will involve a reduction of traffic lanes, the addition of bike lanes, new crosswalks and other safety initiatives.

To learn more about the project, click HERE.

STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT


PMNA partners each year with the Midwood Merchants and local businesses and neighbors to help host the Student Entrepreneur Summit, connecting high school students in high risk areas with business owners and community leaders. Learn more about it HERE and HERE.

NEIGHBORHOOD SKILL SESSIONS


In cooperation with the neighborhood associations in Belmont, NoDa and Commonwealth-Morningside, Plaza Midwood hosts monthly educational sessions for neighbors – usually free of charge – on various topics of interest, from how to research the history of your house to training your dog to saving for retirement.

RECENTLY COMPLETED


Among the many projects PMNA has supported and completed in recent years:

  • Art mural on The Nook
  • Artistic Garden Rail in Midwood Park
  • Dog Waste Stations
  • Student Entrepreneur Summit
  • Movie Nights in Midwood Park
  • Inside|Out art bike ride