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Windsor Park Neighbors, Inc.
Taking Pride in our Homes and Neighborhood

WPNA Monthly Meetings:
Second Tuesday each Month.
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Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Due to Windsor Park Elementary School being closed, the meeting has been moved to the Fellowshop Hall at Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive.
Tell the guard at the entrance gate you are there for the Windsor Park Neighorhood Association Meeting. He should give you instructions on where to park and the fellowship hall location. Try to arrive early.
Time: 6:00 - 7:15 PM.

Windsor Park Neighborhood & East Charlotte News.

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posted 5/29/2018  

Letter received today from Matt Newton, City Council District 5 Representative
Recaps and Upcoming Dates... Last week was action-packed! First, the City Council unanimously passed the Varnadore/Ervin project. Then, the Economic Development Committee made three important recommendations for Eastland redevelopment. Read all about it below and mark your calendar for upcoming dates that you are not going to want to miss...particularly, my town hall with new Assistant City Manager Tracy Dodson and Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba! Varnadore/Ervin Project Recap: Preliminary rendering of a redeveloped Varnadore and its rooftop cafe.
After nearly two years of uncertainty, the Varnadore/Ervin project unanimously passed City Council on Monday, May 21st. Set to revitalize the dilapidated Varnadore/Ervin building (located at the corner of Independence and Albemarle) with accessible retail and commercial/business space, the project will provide jobs and local entertainment options (including a rooftop cafe and coffee shop) to our community. The vote was placed on hold for almost two months, while project proponents obtained light and structural studies (in response to City Council member concerns) and addressed state guideline limitations with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Having satisfied Council concerns and state guideline criteria, May 21st's vote puts the development on track to potentially break ground well before the end of this year. This is a tremendous win for East Charlotte, as well as the city as a whole, and builds momentum leading into future development along the Independence corridor and at Eastland. The team behind the Varnadore/Ervin project wanted me to extend its thanks to our community for our support and patience throughout the entire process. Eastland Redevelopment Recap: The Economic Development Committee met last Thursday and, once again, the topic of conversation was Eastland redevelopment. The Committee (consisting of Chair James Mitchell, Vice-Chair Ed Driggs, LaWana Mayfield, Justin Harlow, and myself) voted that three recommendations be submitted to the entire Council for discussion and decision. I have confirmed that the three recommendations are currently only recommendations, and not binding, until the whole Council makes a final decision upon them. At this time, the City Manager's office is pinpointing either June 4th or June 11th for the full Council's review. I'll keep you posted on the exact date, time, and location for that review as soon as details are finalized. In the meantime, here is a brief recap of each recommendation: ***** Recommendation 1: The Committee's first recommendation was to stop accepting developer proposals for the site. This recommendation would limit the number of development proposals to whatever exists at the time of its adoption by the whole Council. Right now, there are four developers (with corresponding development proposals) vying to be the master developer of the site and more can be added until a full Council decision is made. The Committee decided that sunsetting proposals would make sense given the lengthy period of time that developers have already had to submit proposals and to allow thorough vetting without interruption or delay. For additional context, sunsetting the proposal process will only limit the number of developers vying for the designation of master developer (allowing control to institute that developer's concept and vision) and not the number of development ideas, or potential development teams, for Eastland. After becoming the master developer, nothing prevents that developer from incorporating other ideas and/or developers that are consistent with its concept and vision for the site. Similarly, nothing presently prevents the current development teams from combining their concepts and visions and moving forward as co-master developers. ***** Recommendation 2: The Committee's second recommendation constituted a list of criteria that City staff members will use to vet the development proposals. The Committee recommended a list of criteria for City staff members, in the Economic Development department, to use when deciding on which developer, or developers, they will recommend as master developer. The substance of that list is contained within the power-point presentation found by clicking here. In committee, I emphasized that any immediate economic driver amenities should carry greater importance among the adopted criteria and Committee Chair Mitchell suggested that the criteria should include the consideration of destination amenities. These suggestions should be incorporated before a final list is brought in front of the Council for approval. ***** Recommendation 3: The Committee's third recommendation was for the adoption of an Eastland redevelopment calendar moving forward. Ambitious in nature, the Committee's third recommendation is for the adoption of a calendar that includes City staff's (Economic Development Department's) completed vetting and recommendation of a master developer, or co-master developers, in June. The full Council would then vote on that developer, or developers, no later than September with final Council approval, including the sale of Eastland with deed restrictions and rezoning, occurring in February, 2019. Between September and February, City staff members will work with the master developer, or developers, to negotiate contract terms and private/public financing. Although lengthy, this period is deliberate to afford and ensure the best possible outcome and development at the site.
  • * Important Upcoming Dates:
  • * Budget Readjustment Meeting: The Council will be meeting for our second, and possibly last, budget readjustment meeting tomorrow. Please find my proposed budget recap by clicking here. During the meeting, the City Manager will present an adjusted budget (based upon Council member suggestions during the first readjustment meeting) and then Council members will have an opportunity to discuss further adjustments. If you have any suggestions or ideas you would like me to raise, please contact at matt.newton@charlottenc.gov or by responding to this email. If you are interested in attending, please find the pertinent details below.
  • * City Council Meeting (Budget Readjustment) Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Time: 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC Room 267
  • * Town Hall: I will be hosting a town hall on Saturday, June 9th featuring our new Assistant City Manager Tracy Dodson (overseeing economic development and Eastland) and new Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba. Each will give an overview of their backgrounds and their new roles. Then, they will discuss their work impacting our area before the floor is opened up for questions and comments. Spoiler alert- I suspect Eastland will be a topic of conversation. Please note that this town hall was preliminarily scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m., but the time had to be moved to 10:00 a.m. due to scheduling conflicts. I hope to see you there!
  • * Town Hall Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Location: Calvary Church of the Nazarene 4000 North Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC
  • * Hopefully, you found this email informative and helpful. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, and ideas.
  • * City Council District 5 Representative
posted 5/16/2018  
CMPD and WPN Volunteers at Widsor Park Elementary School talking with 5th graders about to go into middle school and helping with the book club.
updated 5/3/20187   Coming to the old Windsor Park Swim Club Area, "Urban Farm @ ALDERSGATE"
Click image on right to view the WBTV news article and video about the Urban Farm.

Carolina Farm Trust to Partner with Aldersgate Retirement Community to engage in a long-term lease for approzimately 6 acres of land known as Windsor Park Swim Club. The intent of leasing the land is to turn the parcel into a working urban farm to support Aldersgate and the surrounding communities.

To kick off the urban farm project, Carolina Farm Trust is hosting "A Night at the Museum" dinner at the Charlotte Museum of History on June 7th.
Here's some information on What is "Urban Farming" that you might like to read.
More information and proposed drawings will follow soon about the "Urban Farm @ ALDERSGATE", so stay tuned.
posted 1/12/20187  
Beginning with the January 2018 meeting, minutes of the meeting will be placed on the website after they are approved by the board. You can find them under the ABOUT button on the navigation bar at the top of each page.
Another new link under the ABOUT button is WPNA Accomplishments for the previous year starting with 2017.
Another note: The Committee button that was on the Top Navigation bar is now found under the ABOUT button.
Webmaster
posted 12/14/2017  
New Code Ordinance Changes in Effect January 1
The City of Charlotte recently updated its city code ordinances. These changes are effective January 1, 2018 and include changes in fines as well as new definitions for repeat and chronic offenders.
The changes that will have the most impact are:
  • An increase in fines from $50 to $150 for most violations which may include, but not be limited to, curbside violations, neglect of premises, obstructions of rights-of-way and overgrown vegetation.
  • A property owner who has had four or more violations of any type on any property that they may own in the previous calendar year is now defined as a chronic offender.
  • A property owner who has had four or more repeated violations in the previous calendar year is now defined as a repeat offender.
  • An increase in fines for chronic and repeat offenders to $250 for the fourth offense and $500 for the fifth and each subsequent offense.
For more information on Charlotte's city ordinance click - - > here < - -
posted 2/14/2017   Help support Windsor Park Neighbors, Inc. with your aluminum cans.
Drop off your crushed aluminum cans at Ray Montgomery's - 4208 Sudbury Rd. drive way gate or you can bring to a meeting and leave in Ray's truck. Please, take the time to save these aluminum cans, every little bit helps. Thanks!
posted 1/30/2016  
Click Image to link to CMPD Citizens Guide 2017.
LINK
to the CMPD Citizens’ Guide. This is a great resource should you need any non-emergency numbers for any city and county resources. Thanks, and be safe.
Officer Wes Propst #3389 | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Eastway Division | Response Area 3 Community Coordinator
You might want to print this out and keep it handy.
posted 1/4/2016   CMPD Eastway Division For 2017, our goal is to motivate community activism and involvement. For a successful partnership, it is imperative that you, the community member, are knowledgeable of crime and crime trends. Your awareness of crime will contribute to productive engagement with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. It is our ultimate goal to find solutions for quality of life issues in the community, with your involvement.
Here is a link to the camera system. This site will allow you to monitor crime in your area and also receive alerts for reported illegal activity.
Officer Wes Propst #3389 | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Eastway Division | Response Area 3 Community Coordinator
posted 12/29/2016   Have you been driving through the neighborhood and notice spray painting on the streets, sidewalks and yards with all camera colors of the rainbow,
National council uniform color code.
or noticed a yard with many small, camera colored flags
National council uniform color code.
throughout it? If you have noticed these things, most likely you are looking at public and private underground utility markings. Public and private utility companies follow a national council uniform camera color code.
National council uniform color code.
So, from California to North Carolina, the colored markings share the same meaning. With Google starting to pull their fiber optics cable in the neighborhood they are going under ground with it so we will be seeing a lot of this in the neighborhood. ATT place most of their fiber optics cable on existing poles and not under ground in the neighborhood.

posted 11/11/2016  
Car Break-In Prevention Community Coordinator Wes Propst from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department cmpd
As Thanksgiving is just around the corner so is the Christmas shopping season. Car break-ins are still the driving crime in our area and can mostly be prevented by following these simple tips listed below. And, please call 911 with any suspicious activity. If you see something that doesn't seem right, then call 911. That is what we are here for. Thanks, and stay safe.
  • LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS
  • DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING VALUABLE INSIDE YOUR CAR
  • IF (FOR SOME REASON) YOU HAVE TO LEAVE SOMETHING IN YOUR CAR, PUT IT IN THE TRUNK
  • BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
In the event that you are a victim of car break-in please call 911 to have an officer come out to complete the report. Also, do not enter your car until the officer has advised that it is ok to do so. Recently, we have had numerous car break-in reports completed online. I understand that this is convenient; however, it significantly reduces our chances of catching the suspect that broke into your vehicle. Please have an officer respond to your location to complete the report in person. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jpropst@cmpd.org. Thanks, and be safe.
posted 3/20/2016   Having a Yard Sale
Here's what the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County says you must have.
  • A license is required inside the City Limits of Charlotte when having a garage sale or attic sale (commonly known as yard sale).
  • The non- refundable tax for this license is five dollars ($5.00) per day. Sales can be no longer than two (2) consecutive days.
  • The license is valid only for the day(s) issued and are not transferable (no rain dates). Only four (4) sales are allowed at any given address during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
  • Licenses must be kept on site at the sale locations and available for inspection at all times during these sales.
Full City of Charlotte Yard Sale Information at - - > charlmeck.org < - -
From CMPD Eastway RA3 newsletter
I hope you are all enjoying the warm weather that has finally arrived. I know I am. With warmer weather moving in, we typically see an increase in foot traffic throughout our area; and, unfortunately, we also tend to see an increase in criminal activity. That being said, here are some tips to maintain your level of awareness and hopefully increase your safety as you are out and about this spring.
  • If possible, don’t walk alone.
  • Walk with a purpose.
  • If leaving a store and walking to your car, have your keys in hand for two reasons:
    • You can use them as a weapon if need be.
    • Keeps you from fidgeting around for them while standing at your car, unaware of your surroundings.
  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood.
  • Let your neighbors know when you’ll be out of town.
  • If you see something, say something....call 911!
posted 2/4/2016   Do you get the Charlotte Observer Values in your driveway/yard.
Here is their - - > Opt out form < - - to stop deliver of them. Complete and submit the form and hope it works.
posted 8/30/2015   Where would you leave a stack of $100 bills?

This is a question I ask to help everyone think about where they put their wallets and mobile phones. Your wallet could be worth many thousands of dollars to a thief and today's smart phones cost hundreds of dollars to replace. As you are shopping, ask yourself "Where would I leave a stack of $100 bills?" $100 bill Would you set a stack of hundreds on the counter at a convenience store? Hanging out of your open purse at the grocery store? On the dashboard of your car? This is a simple tip to help you guard your property.
We see many thefts where people left these types of items lying out in the open. It would make your day and ours if your property wasn't stolen. So, remember to ask yourself this simple question as you go about your business. Where would you leave a stack of $100 bills?
Aug 30 in Crime & Safety to 3 neighborhoods in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

posted 2/10/2015  
'City of Charlotte Common Nuisance Violations and fines:'

Please Keep Sidewalks Clear Rollout containers The City of Charlotte asks all residents to remember to keep all sidewalks safe and clear of obstructions such as yard waste, garbage and recycling carts, parked vehicles and other items that may impede their use.
  • Rollout Containers $50 FINE Rollout containers must be placed at the curb no earlier than the day before the collection day and must be removed by midnight on the collection day. Rollout containers should not block the sidewalk.
  • $25 FINE Rollout containers may not be stored in front of a home.
  • Yard Waste
Yardwaste $50 FINE Yard waste should be placed at the curb prior to the day preceding collection day and in small, neat piles.
Leaves must be placed in cans or untied bags.
Limbs must be no longer than 5 feet and no larger than 4 inches in diameter.
Tree trunks must be 4 inches in diameter or less. The city will not collect tree stumps.
Read More Violations and Fines
posted 5/23/2013  
Please keep sidewalks safe and clear. While sidewalk obstructions may seem like a minor nuisance, they can pose a major danger for pedestrians, children walking to school, cyclists, runners and the disabled. Call 311 ro report obstructions on our sidewalks. This includes cars parking on the sidewalk also.
For more information visit the SidewalkSafety.Charlotte.gov website.
posted 5/4/2013   Potter Road in East Charlotte
Some well-known intersections in the city hide the remnants of a now forgotten, but once major highway through the Carolinas. It was known as Potter Road and its name referred to the one-time pottery industry in western Lincoln County. Today, after neighbors pushed the city to save a piece of the old road's route, an obscure patch of trees at Central Avenue and Kilborne Road is all that’s left to tell the story. [Read More]

youTube Videos of Interest:
Indepence Day, July 4th.
About Windsor Park Neighbors
We were formally organized in 1999.  We have now grown to over 300 households, all working for the betterment of our community.
Membership is free. However, costs are associated with the general operation of an association, and all contributions are welcomed. There is strength in numbers, and sometimes bigger is better. Don't delay. If you haven't joined the Association, to complete the online form.
WPNA Mission: To make Windsor Park the greatest neighborhood in Charlotte by working with all residents to protect and enhance the beauty, culture, and friendliness of our neighborhood.
Our Demographics:

Windsor Park Neighbors, Inc. is made up of about 2600 homes from the Windsor Park, Darby Acres, Central Park, Robinhood Woods, Markham Village, Windsor Forest, and Nettlewood Acres which includes the area surrounded by Kilbourne Drive (west side), to Eastway Drive (west side), to Shamrock Drive (north side), to North Sharon Amity (east side), to Central Avenue (south side), back to Kilbourne Drive. Polaris Map of area.

1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite Our Neighborhood is build on the old Hezekiah Alexander farm. The old Home site can be visited at 3500 Shamrock Drive. It is the oldest home in Mecklenburg County.

Charlotte Weather:
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Windsor Park Yard-of-the Month:
'June 2018: 4121 Seaforth Drive, The Hamiltons'.
Windsor Park Small Library:
Windsor Park now has (2) Free Little Library's. One located at 2038 Birchcrest Drive and the second one at 4115 Winedale Lane. Please feel free to give or take a book and spread the word!
Usefull Website Links

Windsor Park Neighbors, Inc.
P.O. Box 18871
Charlotte, NC 28218-0871

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