“The UNC Charlotte community is invited to participate in the planning for the new Belk Plaza,” University Communication wrote in a letter electronically sent Monday.

According to the email, forums will be held for the public to “solicit input about the design of the space.” In an article published by Inside UNC Charlotte, the forums were described as a place where the public can chime in on “elements and principles to be considered in the design of Belk Plaza.”


Public forums will be held on Monday, Feb. 8 and 22 in the Cone Center’s Lucas Room on campus. The forums, which will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. will be open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public.

The forums will be held by the Belk Plaza Design Committee and Charlotte-based urban design and landscape architecture firm, Land Design.

The Belk Plaza Design Committee consists of 14 members who were appointed by Chancellor Philip Dubois. The members have been identified by Inside UNC Charlotte as representatives of the campus community and the city of Charlotte. UNC Charlotte’s landscape architect, Peter Franz will serve as chair to the committee.

A third forum will be held in the Lucas Room April 4, at 4 p.m. where a conceptual plan will be presented to the community.

A final plan for Belk Plaza will then be submitted to Chancellor Dubois and the UNC Board of Trustees for approval.

Sara Carson is the News Editor for the Niner Times and has been working with the newspaper since August 2013. She is a communications major with double minors in journalism and English.