A piece of Southern comfort coming to Central Avenue

- The City of Charlotte has plans to add a little more comfort to Plaza Midwood. 

The idea is to make things more comfortable for people waiting for the bus and to encourage people to sit and chat with each other. 

"Porch swings are great. Who doesn't like porch swings?" Johnelle Causwell with International House, said.

Stand-alone porch swings will go along Central Avenue, some right next to bus stops which will benefit folks at Midwood International Cultural Center where the majority of clients ride the bus. 

"The location of our building is essential to the work that we do. We are just happy that we are going to have these great porch swings to make everyone feel welcome," Causwell said. 

One swing temporarily sits in front of the Government Center. Five will be installed in Plaza Midwood. 

"We thought there are a lot of things that are really natural to the South. One of them in porches, people love porch swings here," Tom Warshauer, City of Charlotte, said. 

Warshauer said the swings will cost $28,000. All of the money is coming from a grant from the Knight Foundation. 

"We really are delighted that we could get an institutional quality swing at a pretty affordable price and get them put into the ground," Warshauer said. 

Warshauer said the neighborhood is the perfect place for the swings. 

"Along the Central Avenue corridor you have a big millennial population in the Plaza Midwood business district, but then you have a huge international population all of the way out in the corridor," Warshauer explained.

So, if you're riding the bus or need a spot to relax after a walk or jog you will be covered on Central Avenue. 


  • CMPD Eastway Division on Central Avenue at Merry Oaks
  • Charlotte Fire Department Station 8 on The Plaza at Commonwealth
  • Midwood International Cultural Center
  • Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Central Pointe Apartments

Tucker Ornamental Iron out of Rock Hill, South Carolina will make and install the swings. The swings should be fully installed by fall of 2016. 

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