Updated 10/04/2012 08:20 AM
New mixed-use development for Johnson C. Smith students opens
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CHARLOTTE -- A new mixed-use development opens on Charlotte's West Side Thursday. City officials will host a ribbon cutting for the new Mosaic Village at the corner of West Trade Street and Bruns Avenue.
It will be home to hundreds of Johnson C. Smith students. The development also features classrooms and 7,000 square feet of retail space.
Developers broke ground a little more than a year ago at 1601 West Trade St. Mosaic Village is a $29 million project that hopes to revive the historic west end and attract more businesses near Johnson C. Smith University.
The development is one reason the HBCU continues its push for an extension of the streetcar. However, Charlotte City Council remains divided over the $119 million plan, which was part of the $926 million Capital Improvement Plan council rejected earlier in the year.
The ribbon cutting for Mosaic Center is set for 10 a.m. Thursday. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and state Sen. Malcolm Graham are expected to attend.