Charlotte serves as the hub...
of a 16-county region in southeast North Carolina along the border with South Carolina. It is one of the 25 largest cities in the United States and the largest in North Carolina. Nearly 800,000 live and work in the community. Charlotte has evolved over the past 20 years into an urban center with connected mixed-use neighborhoods and transit.
The purpose of the trip...
was to see several neighborhoods that have transformed over time through various initiatives and meet some of the many stakeholders involved in the transformations.
is the revitalization of the former Boulevard Homes public housing site into a mixed-income village. Led by a non-profit organization with many partners, the initiative focused on many critical factors including mixed-income housing, educational opportunities, youth and adult development programs, health and wellness services, and commercial investment. Funded through a HOPE VI grant, the Charlotte Housing Authority established the Renaissance West Community Initiative to help lead implementation. The Initiative is a member of Purpose Built Communities. When completed, the 334-unit village will have received approximately $90M of investments. This walking tour was led by Lee Cochran, Laurel Street Residential, Owner/Developer.
is the revitalization of the former Dalton Village public housing site into a mixed-income community, with both rental and homeownership opportunities. Constructed in 1999, the redevelopment resulted in 308 new units for seniors, families, and disabled. The community amenities include a pool and two clubhouses. This driving tour was led by Twyla Taylor and Jeff Meadows, Horizon Development Properties, Inc.
First Ward Place
is the revitalization of the former Earle Village into a mixed-income community with both rental and homeownership opportunities. Constructed in 1999, the redevelopment resulted in 283 new units in Uptown Charlotte. This driving tour was also led by Twyla Taylor and Jeff Meadows.
The Park at Oaklawn
is a HOPE VI revitalization of the former Fairvie Homes. The driving tour was also led by Tywla Taylor and Jeff Meadows.
is a new community approximately 1 mile from the city center built on a former Brownfield site and the former Double Oaks neighborhood. The approximately 98-acre site includes single family homes, townhomes and apartments with trails, shops, offices and restaurants. It also features a center for art and innovation. Community partners include the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. (Julie Porter, President and CEO of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership [CMHP] will welcome us. CMHP staff will lead the walking tour.)