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Little Rock AME Zion Church develops affordable housing
Project to break ground in 2021, open in 2022
 
Published Monday, September 21, 2020 6:30 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

LAUREL STREET
An artist's rendering of the proposed apartment community at Seventh and Alexander streets. The neighborhood is a collaboration between Little Rock Community Development Corp. and Charlotte developer Laurel Street.

A historic church is developing mixed-income affordable housing in Charlotte’s urban core.


Little Rock Community Development Corporation and Charlotte-based developer Laurel Street are developing the five-story, 105-unit apartments on Seventh and Alexander streets adjacent to Little Rock Cultural Center.


Little Rock AME Zion Church donated land to Little Rock CDC for the development and is participating in a shared parking arrangement to reduce street congestion by encouraging mass transit use and pedestrian traffic. The city of Charlotte is also donating vacant land – a former brownfield site – for the project through the North Carolina Brownfields Program, which will rehabilitate the property.   


In addition to is proximity to Center City's retail hub, the Lynx Blue Line Seventh Street Station, Gold Line streetcar and the Transportation Center are within a half-mile of the community.


“As Little Rock AME Zion Church celebrates its 137th anniversary of serving the residents of First Ward, Little Rock CDC is excited to be partnering with Laurel Street to bring an inclusive community for people of all ages and incomes to the First Ward neighborhood,” said the Rev. Dwayne Walker, Little Rock AME Zion’s senior pastor and board chair and founder of Little Rock CDC. “This new community is the culmination of a long-term dream to combine the resources of the Little Rock AME Zion Church with land owned by the city of Charlotte to further the mission of both the CDC and the church to serve the families and individuals of First Ward and the surrounding neighborhoods.”


The community will be built for varying income, age and family size levels with 67 single-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom units and 14 three-bedroom apartments. The units will be National Green Building Standards certified and 50 apartments will be income-restricted. The remainder will be rented at market rate.

Features include courtyard space and outdoor amenities such as a game lawn, dining area, fire pit and grills. Indoor features will include a fitness room, lounge, café, business center and two elevators. All apartment interiors will include granite countertops, vinyl tile flooring and distinctive lighting.


“We salute Little Rock CDC for their initiative to bring much-needed sustainable and inclusive housing to Charlotte,” said Dionne Nelson, Laurel Street’s president and CEO. “Usually the cost basis for buying land in a location like this would be cost-prohibitive, so we are thankful to Little Rock AME Zion Church and the city of Charlotte for their willingness to dedicate land to this effort and to the  city of Charlotte and local businesses and constituents for their support of mixed income housing.”


Construction is scheduled to begin early next year and apartments open in 2022.

On the Net:
visit www.laurelstreetres.com

Comments

I am 66 years old and I would like more information about these aperartments. I'm in the 30% bracket thank you.
Posted on September 25, 2020
 
I am a disabled 59 year old and like to receive info about these Apartments! Thanks, Karen Scott
Posted on September 23, 2020
 

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