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Southend to see population spurt

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

There is more evidence that the Lynx Blue Line is driving the latest housing boom in South End.

The intersection of East Boulevard and Camden Road now offers a progressive view of the direction this near uptown community is taking.

That's where new buildings are on the way up.

Ted Boyd, with Center City Partners, keeps tabs on growth in Southend.  

"Really seeing Southend moving from an industrial and a business district to more of a neighborhood," Boyd said.

Price's Chicken Coop has ridden the roller coaster of changing times. Owner Steve Price still calls this neighborhood...Wilmore.

"I remember when it was a vibrant community, and I remember when it tanked and you were forever watching your backside coming and going out of here," Price told WBTV." It got really rough for awhile, and it's come back around." 

The next project is  being called the Camden Gallery Apartments, and will offer a mix of retail and residential property.

Workers at the UPS store across East Boulevard hopes the new development will help grow the customer base.

Sandy May has worked there for the last year.

He said, "As the neighborhood continues to gentrify or improve, that barrier of crossing South Boulevard from Dilworth into the Southend. This will be the gateway in to the Southend, and we're really excited about that."

Regarding this case of  gentrification, James Crawford who lives in the neighborhood sees a silver lining from the development.

"It will create jobs for many people. New homes, " Crawford said.

Which brings us back to ripple effect created by light rail.

Ted Boyd said, "We've got about 12 projects eight of them are under construction."

Urban planners like Ted Boyd expect Southend's population to double from 32 hundred to 64 hundred by 2015.

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