Update: Carwash Rezoning Petition 2016-93 at Herrin Ave & The Plaza

The public hearing that was scheduled to take place on September 19th was moved to November 21 by request of the petitioner's agent. All those interested, please make note. 

This will be the community's opportunity to be given 10 minutes to voice any concerns about the proposed change to rezone the gas station on the lot currently to a commercial car wash. Please continue your awareness of the matter. There are several other posts that hold a lot of dialogue that gives different views and possible consequences on the issue for those who would like to search "car wash" or "rezoning petition". Also look online at charlotte.gov and navigate to planning then zoning to learn more about the process. 

The public hearing is: 

November 21 at 6:00pm 

Meeting Chamber
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth Street

Proposed car wash in Charlotte neighborhood causes controversy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Residents in Charlotte's Plaza Shamrock neighborhood are fighting against having a large car wash at The Plaza and Herrin Avenue.

Hundreds of them have signed a petition asking city leaders to say ‘no’ to the project.

Residents said the plan is not consistent with the feel of the neighborhood.

“This is a neighborhood; as you can see, there are houses right here within 20 feet of where they're wanting to put a large car wash,” resident Michelle Fox said. “It's just not consistent with the neighborhood.”

The online petition asks leaders not to rezone 1.5 acres from neighborhood business to general business at the site because it’s inconsistent with the historic neighborhood.

There are already five other car washes within a 1.5-mile radius.

“Something like this is going to bring in traffic outside the neighborhood and we would rather see local neighborhood businesses continue (to) develop here,” Fox said.

The site plan for the project indicates the developer will be sensitive to neighbors and all "freestanding light will be fully shielded and downwardly directed."
It said all new detached lighting installed will be limited to 20 feet.

Some residents, including Donna Johnson, said the car wash could be a good thing for the community.

“I do live in this neighborhood,” Johnson said. “I think it would be a good idea to have your car washed.

Get your car cleaned right away. I don't think it would be that much noise.”
City leaders said a public hearing is being planned for later this year, but the date hasn’t been set yet. 
Channel 9 reached out to District 1 Councilwoman Patsy Kinsy and the petitioner for comment.
Channel 9 is waiting to hear a response.

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4th Annual National Night Out!

Hi Neighbor! Join in for a celebration of community on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6-8pm. National Night Out (NNO) is a nation-wide event that promotes and strengthens partnerships with police, local government, schools, churches, and city services such as Animal Care & Control, the Humane Society and the fire department. Representatives from each, including our very own community police officers, will be there to enjoy the evening with us and get to know a little more. Line up to receive a one of a kind face painting, a cool refreshment & come say hello!

Brought to you by the Plaza Shamrock Neighborhood Association (PSNA) and New Covenant ARP Church, NNO 2016 will be held at 2541 Elkwood Circle. Bring the family and tell your neighbor. Donations of clean, used/new towels, blankets, leashes, collars and toys are being collected for the Humane Society of Charlotte. For questions, please use the contact form located at the top right of this page. For more info on NNO, please visit: https://natw.org/about. See you in August!

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
om each, including our very own community police officers, will be there to enjoy the evening with us and get to know a little more. Line up to receive a one of a kind face painting, a cool refreshment & come say hello!

Guest Panel

Our association is hosting a guest panel of representatives from local neighborhoods to our November meeting. We will have an interesting and energetic conversation with voices from Country Club Heights, Plaza Midwood, Eastwood Acres, Belmont and Villa Heights. The topics will include discussion of successes/challenges they have faced as a community and how their association has helped to support them, how their neighborhood is organized to improve civic and financial goals, among other juicy tidbits. Please attend this short, but important meeting and help give our neighbors a warm welcome!

Event date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 
7:15pm to 8:00pm

Welcome the Butterfly Highway

The Plaza Shamrock Neighborhood Association (PSNA) has teamed with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) to install our very own 6'x10' pollinator garden! This project is lead in Charlotte and surrounding areas by Angelique Hjarding, Director of the Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat Programs with the NCWF. http://www.butterflyhighway.org

The Butterfly Highway is a vital instrument in educating communities about the role we all play in the health of important pollinators, and also in creating more spaces for the Monarch Butterfly (whose numbers have been in decline due to the loss of habitat and use of pesticides) to nest and thrive. Please give a warm salute to this latest installment in our community, placed at the corner of Herrin Ave. and The Plaza, courtesy of The Giant Penny. All plants were donated by Ms. Hjarding and the NCWF, all other materials by the PSNA, and thoughtfully installed by neighborhood volunteers.

Please feel welcomed to see the garden whenever you like! Contact your association if you would like to be on the list to help with future projects like this by going to the contact us form, or emailing: plazashamrockorg@gmail.com

Membership Drive at the Giant Penny

Hello Plaza Shamrock!

Get to know and support your neighborhood's civic connection. By being an active member of the Plaza Shamrock Neighborhood Association you are helping to create the community you live, work and play in. Our neighborhood is rich in character and charm! Together we can raise funding and increase vital community support for youth programs, crime and safety watch, a sports league or general beautification...it's up to all of us! Be part of the change that you want happening and become an active member today!

Membership is easy. $20 annual dues (per household!), volunteer opportunities and monthly meetings for Q & A. It's your neighborhood! Let's get together on Saturday, May 30th at the Giant Penny on Herrin Ave. and the Plaza. We will be there with information, smiles and will gratefully accept your membership dues via cash, check or money order (made payable to the Plaza Shamrock Neighborhood Association) and put it to use working on things that matter to you. If you can't make it, no worries! You can mail your tax deductible dues to 1609 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28205.

Be on the lookout for great things from your neighborhood association! We will have our National Night Out block party on Tuesday, August 4 from 6-9pm and our next City of Charlotte grant application project will be at the beginning of fall for tree banding funds- a great way to volunteer and meet some new neighbors. Keep making it great Plaza Shamrock!

Event date: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 
11:00am to 2:00pm

Plaza Shamrock Awarded Funding from the City of Charlotte

Plaza Shamrock has been awarded funding through the Neighborhood Matching Grant program from our fair city of Charlotte for Organization Development! This is a treasured boon for our community and was secured by the work and dedication from the Plaza Shamrock Neighborhood Association. We are very grateful for the positive leadership and generous support that our city devotes for our communities. Cheers to all of our committed Shamrocks and Charlotte leaders! Good things are happening.

Please look through the link below to learn more about Neighborhood Matching Grants and the rich resources available at our fingertips. There are so many ways we can all pitch in to continue building on the positive growth that continues to make Plaza Shamrock so special. We look forward to knowing you!


On the lookout:

Upcoming opportunities through a spring and fall association membership drive to be involved in future projects and goals. There will be mailers to let you know ahead of time, as well as regular monthly meetings for you to put yourself in the circle of your association!

National Night Out (NNO) block party the first Tuesday in August. This is a nationwide celebration of the good relationships that make up the community in which we live. A great chance to get to know some neighbors, leaders and shakers in Plaza Shamrock. Come have a little treat and meet some great people working for your neighborhood! Get to know NNO: https://natw.org/

Grant application for Tree Banding! Yes, we can volunteer to band together for the health of our trees and Charlotte will donate funding for our efforts. Look to sign up for this great volunteer opportunity near the end of summer! To learn more: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/nbs/communityengagement/Pages/TreeBan...

Animal Care and Control Special Meeting

Next week the Plaza-Shamrock Neighborhood Association is holding a special meeting with Animal Care and Control officer Julia Conner discussing how AC&C operates, tether laws, free clinics/services, adoption programs, overpopulation, nuisance animals along with many more important issues. She will also walk us through the process of picking up stray animals to adoption/euthanasia.

Since this is a topic that many folks have very strong feelings about we will ask everyone to keep all questions for Officer Conner for the end of the program as she will most likely answer your question during her program.

We hope to see you there! Please feel free to share this information with your neighbors.

New Covenant ARP Church
2541 Elkwood Circle
Charlotte, NC 28205
We will be meeting in the community building located directly behind the main church.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Second Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K

Join your neighbors for the 2nd annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K to benefit the students of Shamrock Gardens Elementary school.

The Shamrock Shuffle was created to benefit the students of Shamrock Gardens Elementary school, which serves the Plaza Midwood, Country Club Heights and Plaza Shamrock neighborhoods of Charlotte. Shamrock Gardens is a Title One school with 85% of students receiving free or reduced lunch. As such we are seeking to “fill in the gaps” by creating an event that will support the school, and strengthen the relationship between the school and the communities that surrounds it.

Last year’s Inaugural Shamrock Shuffle raised more than $4,000 and was a huge success due to the tireless work of all of our SGE and neighborhood volunteers and Sponsors. Adults and Children alike had a great morning full of fun, exercise and camaraderie by cheering each other on during the Track and Field Events. The funds raised went to sturdy iPad covers and books for our SGE scholars by request of teachers, management and PTA.

This year’s event hopes to prove the same amount of fun. The funds this year, hoping to total over $6,000, hope to fund the $20,000 necessary to continue the Shamrock Scholar Summer Academy. Last year the Roberts Award Grant made this camp possible. The SSSA camp is a results based camp and targets rising 4th and 5th graders (and potentially 3rd) who need additional support with reading, writing, and math skills over the summer and whose families might not otherwise be able to afford such and camp. Not only is this camp educational, funding also provides, field trips, and other enrichment activities.

Shamrock Gardens Elementary School
3301 Country Club Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205

Learn more at http://shamrockshuffle.racesonline.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 9:00am

Realtor's Care Day - Home repairs

Here's information about the upcoming Realtor’s Care Day set for Friday, April 11, 2014. This is a one day project designed to assist homeowners with needed exterior repairs and adaptive and safety modifications for the elderly and disabled.

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Coleman, Denise" drcoleman@ci.charlotte.nc.us
Date: January 13, 2014, 11:53:35 AM EST
To: "Coleman, Denise" drcoleman@ci.charlotte.nc.us
Subject: Realtor's Care Day - home repairs

Greetings neighborhood leader,

I hope all is well with your projects. I just wanted to share information about the Realtor’s Care Day set for Friday, April 11, 2014. This is a one day project designed to assist home owners with needed exterior repairs and adaptive and safety modifications for the elderly and disabled. Attached is the homeowner criteria for this project.

If you would please share with others in your neighborhood and/or let me know if there is someone that might be a good candidate for this project. I can follow up with the neighbor to collect the forms that need to be filled out prior to the deadline (Friday, January 31st).

Note: I’ll be submitting candidate forms for this project but the team from Realtor’s Care Day will follow up on them and ultimately make the decision on the projects they will be taking on this year.

Thank you in advance for getting the information out, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Denise Coleman

City of Charlotte

PHONE: 704-432-4802
MOBILE: 704-572-7456
FAX: 704-432-4713

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