Housing Developments, Municipalities Honored with 2016 Housing North Carolina Awards

Laurel Street Wins 2016 Housing NC Award

Laurel Street Wins 2016 Housing NC AwardRALEIGH – October 18, 2016 — Housing developments in Pittsboro, Charlotte and Chapel Hill received Housing North Carolina Awards on Oct. 12 for excellence in affordable housing. Sponsored by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, the 27-year-old statewide awards recognize outstanding home ownership, rental and supportive housing developments that can serve as models for other communities. Winners were honored at a special Oct. 12 luncheon during the N.C. Affordable Housing Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center, which hosted approximately 1,000 housing industry professionals.

Winning developments were selected for affordability, design, sustainability, community contribution, resident services and creative partnerships. They are:

  • Bellemont Pointe, Pittsboro, a rental development offering 76 apartments for working families. Developed by Solstice Partners, these garden apartment homes are located close to shopping and employment opportunities.
  • Renaissance, Charlotte, a rental housing development for both mixed-income and multi-generational families that helped revitalize a former public housing site. The apartments were developed by Laurel Street Residential with support from the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Housing Authority.
  • SECU Community House, Chapel Hill, an energy-efficient transitional housing facility for 52 homeless men as well as an emergency shelter for 17 more. Services include substance abuse education and counseling, job coaching, and counseling. The SECU Community House was developed by the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service with support from the SECU Foundation, the Town of Chapel Hill, and Orange County.
  • Elizabeth Heights, Charlotte, a neighborhood revitalization project that has restored Greir Heights to a flourishing community. This mixed-income community was created by CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing & Community Development and the Self-Help CDC with support from the City of Charlotte.
  • Phoenix Place, Chapel Hill, 50 affordable homes for working families developed by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. This neighborhood was developed with support from the county and the Town of Chapel Hill to revitalize the Rogers Road neighborhood.

The N.C. Housing Finance Agency is a self-supporting public agency that has financed more than 242,000 affordable homes and apartments. The Agency hosts the N.C. Affordable Housing Conference, Oct. 12-13, in partnership with the Community Investment Corporation of the Carolinas and the N.C. Housing Coalition.

Renaissance, Charlotte

Renaissance, developed by Laurel Street Residential with support from the Charlotte Housing Authority and the City of Charlotte, is a unique model for both mixed-income and multi-generational housing. Renaissance has revitalized the Boulevard Homes public housing site in Charlotte, transforming a formerly distressed area with a high crime rate into a thriving mixed-income community.

The Retreat at Renaissance is a four-story development offering 110 one-bedroom, 700 square foot apartments for seniors. Rents range from $290 to $650 per month. The Residences at Renaissance includes 224 one-, two-, and three-bedroom garden-style and townhome apartments for families ranging in size from 830 to 1,348 square feet with rents from $275 to $900.

Notable amenities at Renaissance include a large community center with a kitchen, playgrounds, garden plots, four picnic shelters and community areas as well as tree-lined streetscapes, sidewalks, a Greenway trail and on-street parking. The development has been awarded an Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant, LEED New Construction Certification and Earthcraft Certification. An onsite nonprofit organization, Renaissance West Community Initiative, will partner with the local public school system and community college to collaborate on decisions for a neighborhood school and offer access to adult education.

Renaissance was financed with federal and state housing credits, the City of Charlotte’s Housing Trust Fund and a Hope VI grant.

Contact: Dionne Nelson, principal and chief executive officer, Laurel Street Residential, 704-561-5225.