West Charlotte

New York investors who own Lake Arbor Apartments say they'll spend at least $2 million over the next year to renovate the complex.
David Boraks / WFAE

A lawyer for owners of the run-down Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte says they decided to move all tenants out to make it easier to renovate the complex - and to avoid mounting expenses, including fines for building code violations.

Rickey Hall (left) is chair and Charis Blackmon is executive director of the West Charlotte Community Land Trust. They're on the trust's first property, on Tuckaseegee Road.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte's West Side Community Land Trust has begun acquiring land and raising money for its efforts to fight gentrification in west Charlotte. The 2½ year old nonprofit has a $2.5 million plan to develop 50 affordable single-family homes over the next five years. But most of that money has yet to be raised.

Timisha Barnes-Jones, principal of West Charlotte High School.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Timisha Barnes-Jones, principal of West Charlotte High School, was named 2018 principal of the year for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in a surprise ceremony Tuesday.

A big development west of Charlotte Douglas airport won unanimous approval from the Charlotte City Council Monday night. The proposed River District project will have offices, shops, restaurants, and housing for a mix of incomes. It’s expected to transform the area over the next few decades.

Nick de la Canal

With the election less than two weeks away, WFAE is taking time this week to talk with voters in different parts of Charlotte and asking -- what issues matter to you in this election? In this first installment of our Politics In The Park series, we visit two parks in west Charlotte.


The CMS student assignment debate has generated a lot of discussion. School board meetings have been packed. Board members have also hosted forums in their own districts. We recently aired a discussion from one meeting in north Mecklenburg. Now we hear from a forum at West Charlotte High School.

Lisa Miller

West Charlotte High School saw the largest rise in its graduation rate this year of any CMS school.  It went from 56 percent last year to 71 percent this year.  West Charlotte Assistant Principal Timisha Barnes-Jones says teachers and counselors worked hard at getting kids into programs to make sure they got the credits they needed to graduate on time. 

Tasnim Shamma

It was a busy year for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  The city's crime rate increased by nearly three percent – in large part because of jumps in robberies and domestic violence. But there was some good news in the numbers released Wednesday. 

First there was a significant decrease in burglaries. For example, west Charlotte saw a 20 percent decrease in residential burglaries compared to 2011. Captain Greg Collins credits its partnership with the community and new technology for helping bring that down.