No, I’m not talking about Belmont over in Gaston County-nothing against that quaint community, but this post is about Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood blossoming! Where is it, you ask? Belmont is nestled between Plaza Midwood and NoDa bounded roughly by North Davidson Street, Parkwood Avenue, and Central Avenue within a stone’s throw of Uptown Charlotte. It is also just a short walk to the new LYNX light rail, which is expanding and set to open in 2017.
Just think of it! Live close to mass transit, with a short commute to work, where you can walk to local breweries, restaurants, art galleries, shops and night life too! And there’s lots happening in the Belmont neighborhood that you’ll want to know about. But first, a little history. The neighborhood dates back to the turn of the 20th century when textiles were the big industry in Charlotte. Louise Cotton Mill was built in 1897 and was the largest cotton mill in Charlotte at that time. The mill was expanded in 1901 and continued to operate until 1957. During the time the cotton mill was a working mill, the houses that sprang up around it housed the mill workers and their families. These cute little bungalows you see along the streets of Belmont today were home to a tight-knit group of families in the early to mid-1900s.
Once infested with drug dealers and criminals, and home to one of Charlotte’s most run down public housing projects, the Belmont neighborhood today is experiencing new life fueled mainly by the desire of young professionals to live in affordable housing close to Uptown. There is now an active community organization that holds meetings, neighborhood events and publishes a monthly newsletter to keep residents informed of community happenings. Coming December 6th they are holding a potluck holiday dinner which promises to be delicious and lots of fun for the whole family!
Recently, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte announced the location for its new home which will be on Louise Avenue just one block off of Central Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood. This past summer, when it learned that the building that has been it’s long time home on Stonewall Avenue in Uptown Charlotte was going to be demolished, Actor’s Theatre began looking for a new location. And, because patrons were complaining that there was nowhere within walking distance for them to have dinner or drinks before or after a show, they decided that the Louise Avenue location would be a perfect fit. Once it opens, the new location will be larger, providing more seating, as well as just a stones throw from Plaza Midwood and NoDa for dining options. Additionally, the new location will have a brewery and a restaurant as neighbors, providing even more options for patrons.
Like much of the Charlotte area, Belmont is experiencing its own slew of growth and development. A mixed-use project is set to break ground next month at the corner of Seigle Avenue and 10th Street. This project, named Belmont Mills, will include 8,000 square feet of retail shops with the remaining 100,000 or so square feet to be a self-storage facility. There are plans for restaurants, a fitness center and a craft beer store too!
And last but not least, the old Louise Cotton Mill itself is in the process of being transformed into 150 loft apartments and 10,000 square feet of office and non-residential space. Take a walk or a drive through this weekend and see for yourself all that is blossoming in Belmont! Homes are still quaint and charming with all the modern renovations added! If you want to live close to Uptown, Belmont might just be the place for you!