Students weigh in on future of Huntersville transportation project

Students weigh in on future of Huntersville transportation project

Students weigh in on future of Huntersville transportation project

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 11:30 AM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Area graduate students are weighing on the future of a Huntersville transportation project. 

UNC Charlotte urban design students submitted their idea Monday for community surrounding the proposed commuter rail Red Line. 

The developers asked for the students' help a couple of months ago.  Plans include housing, retail space, bike trails and even a dog park. 

The site is 200 acres and about 15 miles from uptown.  Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain says the project could be a big boom for the area.

"To have the ability for our citizens to live and work along the rail line going to Charlotte for jobs, going to Mooresville for jobs, and vice versa, I think would be great for our economy," said Swain. 

According to the graduate students who worked on the design, the project was a great learning experience. 

"It's not something that's made up, it's something that could actually happen.  It's been very exciting for us to get to try our hand at something real," said Rachel Wheeler.

The Red Line is not yet a reality.  Official are waiting on funding.  Once that happens, the proposal for the surrounding community could happen.
 

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