Atrium Health is planning a $1.5 billion innovation district: 5 new details

On Nov. 9, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health revealed new details about its $1.5 billion Innovation District that will surround its future medical school, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte. , according to The Charlotte Observer.

Five things to know:

  1. The medical school is expected to open in 2024. Charlotte is the largest city in the United States without a four-year medical school, according to Atrium.
  2. The Innovation District will include four research towers, an education building, 1.4 acres of open space in front of the education building, two parking lots with a total of 2,000 spaces, a 350-unit residential tower, a hotel, mixed-use land and 17,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
  3. The system is asking Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for $75 million. The money could be used to establish an 800-space parking deck, 4,358 feet of new or improved roads, four new intersections and other infrastructure works, according to a presentation from the county at the council meeting. commissioners.
  4. The Innovation District is expected to create 1,853 jobs in 2025, according to a county analysis.
  5. As part of the Innovation District, Atrium Health announced it would donate 14 acres in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood worth approximately $25 million to Inlivian, the city’s housing authority. . The land is adjacent to 14 acres owned by Inlivian, and the 28 acres will be used for approximately 400 affordable housing units.

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