Located approximately 6 miles south of Uptown Charlotte, SouthPark is a dynamic activity center comprised of residential, retail, office and hospitality land uses. Anchoring the neighborhood, SouthPark Mall contains 1.6 million square feet, one of the largest malls in North Carolina. Development in the area has historically been more suburban in context, largely represented by single-use projects that are heavily reliant on automobiles. This has created poor connectivity, leading to problems with traffic congestion and pedestrian safety.
This results in significant traffic congestion as cars are the default method of transportation. For many, SouthPark has become private and disconnected – a place where you make point-to-point trips from your vehicle. Even residents are reluctant to go out an explore their neighborhood. The design team is exploring substantial changes to existing road sections with clear hierarchies to shift traffic patterns and include space for bikes and pedestrians.
SouthPark will continue to be a premier mixed-use activity center in Charlotte because of investments to create a more connected and vibrant public realm. Future design recommendations will focus on continued development patterns with a mixture of uses to keep more daily trips within the district. Great streets, more parks and plazas, improved greenspace, and safer intersections will be the foundation for continued investment in the activity center – whether by public or private interests – that promote continued economic vibrancy and a distinct identity and reputation for SouthPark and its surrounding neighborhoods.
In collaboration with Kimley-Horn.