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What’s going on with Charlotte Housing Authority property in Dilworth?

Demolition last weeek of a building at the Charlotte Housing Authority at South Boulevard and Caldwell Street.
Demolition last weeek of a building at the Charlotte Housing Authority at South Boulevard and Caldwell Street.

Last week, a reader sent me a question via Twitter: What’s going to happen with the Charlotte Housing Authority property being demolished at South Boulevard and South Caldwell Street in Dilworth?

A building at the northwest corner of the Strawn Cottages site was torn down last week, prompting inquiries. CHA said in December that the agency is planning to redevelop the entire 16-acre site, between South Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, with a major new mixed-use, mixed-income development.

This demolition is the first movement on the site since Horizon Development Properties, a CHA subsidiary, announced that they’re looking for a developer to partner with in a joint venture.

I called CHA spokeswoman Cheron Porter and asked her about the demolition, and whether this means CHA has found a partner in the project, which could include retail space, offices, and hundreds of both market-rate and affordable rental units and houses. Strawn Tower, which offers 170 units of income-based housing for people 55 and older, would remain, but the one-story, brick houses covering most of the rest of the property will be torn down and replaced.

Porter said CHA is starting to prepare the site for redevelopment, but hasn’t yet selected a developer for the project.

“As our buildings become available and are vacant, we’re doing staggered site prep,” said Porter.

So, expect to see more demolition in the coming months on the high-profile site, which is near the booming Lynx Blue Line corridor in South End. And check back for more information on a final plan when CHA finalizes a partnership with a developer for the site.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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