First Ward Neighborhood
First Ward combines quiet, tree-lined neighborhood streets and proximity to great cultural and educational institutions. Once home to the publicly owned housing of Earle Village, the neighborhood’s redevelopment began in 1993 when the Charlotte Housing Authority partnered with Bank of America to develop First Ward Place, one of the first HOPE VI mixed-income housing projects. Today, residential options in First Ward include new craftsman-style single family homes, contemporary townhouses, mid-rise apartments and high-rise condominiums. The four-acre First Ward Park opened in late 2015, across the street from ImaginOn children’s theater and library and the 7th Street Public Market. The neighborhood has both private and public k-12 education, the main branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg public library and the Center City campus of UNC Charlotte. First Ward is set to see another phase of development, as Levine Properties begins developing 24 acres land between the Garden District and North Tryon Street. The LYNX Blue Line extension, set to open in 2017, will double the length of the light rail line with a new station at 9th Street.