We also see redevelopment potential within the transit system itself by recognizing that surface parking lots are not the best land use but yet are absolutely necessary to the successful development of a new transit system. Taking the long view, these properties may be assets that can be offered to developers to achieve transit-oriented development, including the necessary parking. While not all of these sites will be suitable for redevelopment, interest already exists regarding incorporation of some sites into transit supportive redevelopment.
So, what’s next? We recognize that it’s not a question of if we are going to grow and change — but rather how? To that end, a 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan has been adopted, and there’s a desire to achieve sustainability and the efficient use of public infrastructure. Those topics are present in just about all of our conversations today. The good news is that TOD fits the bill. So, Destination: Tomorrow!
Tina M. Votaw is the transit oriented development specialist for the city of Charlotte/Charlotte Area Transit System.