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Myers Park Presbyterian donates $1 million to help build Habitat townhomes in Charlotte

Habitat for Humanity plans to build more than a dozen affordable townhomes just off W.T. Harris Boulevard, on land donated by the owners of Brooks' Sandwich House.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The owners of Brooks' Sandwich House and Myers Park Presbyterian Church are teaming up to build more than a dozen townhomes in east Charlotte to help address the city's affordable housing crisis.

In 2018, one year before Scott Brooks was shot and killed at the beloved NoDa restaurant during an armed robbery, he and his brother David donated a 2-acre tract of land on East Lane Drive, just off W.T. Harris Boulevard, to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region. Habitat drew plans to maximize the use of the property to build 17 affordable townhomes on a lot that would accommodate eight or fewer freestanding single-family homes. 

“It’s going to be such a boost for people-- hardworking people-- like ourselves and I think it’s going to be something that’s appreciated and I can sleep well at night knowing I’ve done my part," David Brooks said.

On Tuesday, Myers Park Presbyterian Church announced a $1 million donation to Habitat of the Charlotte Region, with a large portion of the donation being used to develop the Brooks townhomes project. In February, Habitat announced a $500,000 donation from the church's capital campaign. 

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According to a February news release from Habitat for Humanity, the townhomes will be 100% owner-occupied with affordable mortgages for residents. The zoning was approved by Charlotte City Council in January. 

Contractors say the townhome model will allow more homes per acre within the lot.

“We see land scarcity as one of the main issues or obstacles to affordable housing in Charlotte," Bob Glusenkamp, Habitat VP of Construction said.

But more importantly access to more affordable housing can help make the difference for so mnay.

“Expanding access to affordable housing is essential to combat chronic housing insecurity in Charlotte. Myers Park Presbyterian is committed to living out God’s love for our community by collaborating with trusted partners, such as Habitat Charlotte Region. We’re humbled by this opportunity to strengthen and support this project through our relationships and resources,” Patty Arcia, director of outreach at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, said in February.

Ground breaking on the project is scheduled to start in late 2022. 

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WCNC Charlotte is part of seven major media companies and other local institutions producing I Can’t Afford to Live Here, a collaborative reporting project focused on solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte. It is a project of the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative,ken which is supported by the Local Media Project, an initiative launched by the Solutions Journalism Network with support from the Knight Foundation to strengthen and reinvigorate local media ecosystems. See all of our reporting at charlottejournalism.org.

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