The Charlotte Mecklenburg Development Corporation (”CMDC”) will be honored on October 10 for its work to revitalize an important piece of the city's architectural history. CMDC and Belvedere Family Dentistry will be presented with an honorable mention at the 2012 Charlotte Preservation Awards.
In September of 2011, the CMDC completed a full rehabilitation of the Belvedere Theatre building, which is located at 2734 Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, North Carolina and is part of the CMDC’s Greenway Business Center development. The historic theatre, which was built and opened in 1955 for African Americans only, recently stood vacant for more than 15 years and had fallen into disrepair.
The building was scheduled to be demolished until the CMDC surveyed the leaders and residents from the neighboring Biddleville and Smallwood communities and after receiving their input determined that preserving the theatre would add value to the community and its historical identity.
The organization, founded in 1997 as a private/public partnership between the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to identify opportunities and to revitalize distressed, inner-city corridors through the development or re-development of commercial projects that will then provide a catalyst for future development, serving neighborhood residents and enhancing business development in areas that would otherwise remain void of new activity.
The Charlotte Chamber would like to congratulate CMDC and the folks at Belvedere Family Dentistry for their hard work and effort to make the project such a great success!
Congratulations also to chamber members Concorde Construction which built the project and Metro Landmarks which provided the architectural design work.