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CHARLOTTE, N.C. On a random Thursday October morning, a party is taking place in the streets of Charlotte.

The Johnson C. Smith marching band helped celebrate a brand new $25 million apartment building Thursday, the symbol of a new beginning in Charlotte s historic West End.

It is considered the centerpiece of revitalization efforts in the area.

Senator Malcolm Graham chairs the West Trade Street Beatties Ford Road task force and said he and others have worked four years to make this happen.

It s a significant moment in the life of Johnson C. Smith University as well as the community. We ve been waiting for so long to begin the revitalization process, Graham said.

Aisha Byrd is leaving the dorms and moving with her roommate into the new building.

I think it s good because some people have a misconception about where the school is. They say it s in the ghetto part. But it looks nice coming down the street to see different buildings, Byrd said.

Mosaic Village is an upscale dorm-apartment style living for students and it s open to others in the community. The hope is shops and restaurants will move in soon, too.

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