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Airport, Streetcar Expansion Among Highlights For City Council Meeting

Rendering of the Concourse A expansion.

New gates at the Charlotte airport, gear for CMPD and streetcars for the Gold Line are on the agenda at Monday's city council meeting. The council will also vote on a small step to help lure the NBA All-Star game back in 2019.

Council members have already approved the first step in expanding Concourse A at the Charlotte airport. Monday night, they'll vote on the price tag for construction – $120.6 million –and who's in charge of it. Funding will come from the airport's own revenue, and it would add nine gates.

Council will also get an update on the Gold Line, commonly called the streetcar. City staff rejected construction bids last month for its next phase and began negotiating. They're aiming to have contracts in November for construction and replacing the old-timey streetcars with sleek, modern ones.       

On the All-Star game, the city and the NBA already had agreements for next year. But the league moved the game because of a controversial state law impacting the LGBT community. Monday, council will vote on essentially keeping the agreement in place for transportation and security services should the NBA bring the game back in 2019.  

Council will also vote on additional money for CMPD to work on community engagement and implicit bias, as well as funding for heavier body armor to protect police from rifle rounds.