On October 23, 2023, Charlotte City Council approved the Plaza Midwood Merchants application for a social district. The first in Charlotte city limits!
Launching in early 2024.
Seven days a week from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. These hours are limited by Charlotte ordinance, but may be reduced by the Social District Committee.
Businesses can submit their information to identify if they want to opt-in or opt-out of the social district here.
A social district is a defined area where alcoholic beverages, sold by an establishment licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, may be consumed.
Social districts benefit small business, support community events, increase pedestrian activities and help to invigorate business districts. With some social districts reaching two years of operations, the consensus appears to be that sustained increases in foot traffic have resulted in tangible benefits to the businesses in the social districts. The wide variety of locations that have social districts has shown positive impacts across many different locations.
Yes. The State of North Carolina gave municipalities the option to enact social districts in 2021. There are currently over thirty active social districts in North Carolina and Charlotte is the last significant municipality to authorize such a district. Kannapolis will have had a district for two years as of fall 2023. There are currently two social districts in Mecklenburg County (Mooresville and Huntersville). The number of social districts continues to grow overall. Several cities, like Greensboro, have merged multiple smaller districts into one larger district after successful feedback. In Durham the social district is approximately a 1.5 mile by 1.5 mile area covering the majority of the downtown area. Raleigh also has a social district that is approximately a 1 mile by 1 mile area and currently taking input from stakeholders including whether the social district should be expanded. Charlotte decided not to create social districts like other cities and instead provided communities the right to petition for a social district in their commercial districts. Many areas in Charlotte have moved forward with requesting social districts. Plaza Midwood Social District has obtained the support of the majority of property owners, the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association, the Commonwealth Morningside Neighborhood Association and the Chantilly Neighborhood Association.
No. Media reporting of the many existing social districts across the state indicate that there has been an increase in pedestrian activities, a strong positive reaction from patrons and a net positive benefit to businesses (both ABC permitted and non-permitted). There have not been reports of increased crime or safety issues.
Activate our pedestrian network:
Plaza Midwood has a nearly 100 year history as a walkable commercial district integrated into residential neighborhoods. Increasing foot traffic and walking reduces traffic and parking congestion. More community members utilizing the pedestrian network brings light and attention and energy into the maintenance, safety and improvement of the community’s shared pedestrian resources.
Support local businesses:
This area is the original home of Harris Teeter and Family Dollar and in the last decades has become one of Charlotte’s food, beverage, & entertainment destinations and has multiple locally owned retail establishments from gifts and fashion to guitars. The area has retained several establishments with multiple decades of operations. The many social districts across the state have had a positive impact on supporting small businesses in the social districts.
Plaza Midwood has a long history of having small-scale community events, markets and local artist opportunities. The Social District will help to support these artist and business collaborations and provide a reasonable method to build community. These events can provide opportunities for artist, non-profit organizations and community associations to work together to build and sustain community and local culture.
Improve Public Safety:
Our merchants have a long history of working with CMPD and have great appreciation for our law enforcement professionals. The Social District will continue to work with CMPD and NC ALE to monitor and maintain legal compliance in the district. Implementing the Social District allows the continuation of this coordination to build a safe community without the disparity created by the void between modern behavior and law enforcement. One benefit of helping businesses recover from the pandemic, inflation and labor shortages is that these businesses can participate more in their efforts to contribute to safety with private security in coordination with CMPD.
The Plaza Midwood Social District Committee will manage the district. This includes business training, customer education, signage, re-usable cup program and general matters. The Committee can be contacted here. The Committee will include designated residential representatives nominated by the adjacent neighborhood associations.
The Social District Committee will evaluate whether the goals of Social District implementation are being met and decide whether to modify or terminate the Social District. The Committee will communicate with the neighborhood and CMPD through our decades long existing relationships to monitor and assess on an ongoing basis.
A list of participating locations will be provided online. Signage will be displayed in participating businesses to identify those that have opted into the district.
Please email your questions here.
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