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The GCLMPO has Established a Public Comment Period for an Amendment to the 2045 MTP to Include the Proposed FUSE Transfer Station

Written public comments will be received from
December 3, 2020 – January 1, 2021.

The City of Gastonia is planning for the development of the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment (FUSE) district. FUSE is an economic development and revitalization project designed to attract new commercial and residential development to the heart of the city. The hub of the project is a $21.5 million, 5,000 seat capacity, multi-use sports and entertainment facility that will host year-round events and activities. The facility is adjoined and surrounded by private development parcels that will be home to restaurants, offices, apartments, condos, and entertainment venues.

Planning for the FUSE development has included the creation of a future FUSE Transfer Station at the intersection of Airline Avenue and Trenton Street. Current plans for this facility include up to three bus bays for secure passenger boarding and alighting, parking stalls, benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, and landscaping. The intent is to create a facility that is capable of being used for both regular fixed-route service, while also including future flexibility to serve game days and special events at the FUSE sports and entertainment complex. The FUSE Transfer Station would serve commuters, residents, students, visitors, and recreational users who desire an alternative way to travel to and from the city.

The purpose of the FUSE Transfer Station is to expand connectivity within the City of Gastonia by providing improved, high-quality, and cost-effective transit services that will address mobility needs for an expanding population and employment base west of downtown. Developing the FUSE Transfer Station also helps to address existing and anticipated transportation challenges.

Multi-modal transportation services will be enhanced by:

  • Improving transit connectivity and ease-of-use in and around downtown Gastonia.
  • Designing a functional, attractive, cost-effective facility that can meet near- and long-term projected service needs and be implemented in an expedient manner.
  • Delivering a transit facility that is readily accessible to all transit users including individuals with disabilities and those whom are transit dependent.
  • Providing a secure, safe, and inviting public space, and establishing convenient and clear pedestrian connections to surrounding land uses.
  • Supporting local workforce development, job creation, retention, and community cohesion by enhancing multi-modal options in the City of Gastonia.

In order for federal funding through Gastonia Transit’s 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grant to be used for this project, the project must be included in the GCLMPO’s 2045 MTP.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the MPO’s website at www.gclmpo.org.

The public may also provide comments during the virtual GCLMPO TCC Meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:00 am and the virtual Board Meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

Written comments may be sent by mail, email, or fax to the following address:

Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO
Attn: Randi Gates, Principal Transportation Planner
PO Box 1748
Gastonia, NC 28053
randig@cityofgastonia.com
FAX: 704-869-1960

All written comments must be received by January 1, 2021.

 

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The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO hereby gives public notice of its policy to uphold and assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related acts and statutes. Title VI and related statutes prohibiting discrimination in Federally assisted programs require that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal assistance.

Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice regarding the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO programs has a right to file a formal complaint with the GCLMPO, within one hundred and eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discrimination occurrence. For instructions on how to file a complaint, or additional information regarding GCLMPO’s nondiscrimination obligations, please contact Randi Gates at 704-854-6604 or randig@cityofgastonia.com.

Individuals requiring special accommodations when attending this public meeting and/or if this information is needed in an alternative format because of a disability, should contact the City of Gastonia Human Resources Department, located in City Hall at 181 S. South Street, telephone (704-866-6786), fax (704-836-0022) or by email:  judys@cityofgastonia.com. The Human Resources Department requests at least 72 hours’ notice prior to the meeting to make the appropriate arrangements.