Charlotte church redeveloping "Holy Land"

A Charlotte church is trying to turn its land into apartments, restaurants, and even a hotel, but they're not actually going anywhere. The congregation plans to stay put on the land and let all that development go up around them.

The City of Charlotte’s City Council had a public hearing Monday night to re-zone Sharon United Methodist Church's seven-acre property in the SouthPark area and turn it into "mixed-use development."

The building would be torn down, and a new church would be built, so that the congregation can make way for all the other new neighbors. Senior Pastor Kyle Thompson said, “We’re not here to be a fortress walled off from the community. We’re here to be in and among people trying to share the love of God with them.”

Thompson said the concept of turning church property into “mixed-use development” is the first of its kind in the Southeast and perhaps the United States.

Thompson said, “Things have just built up around us, and we find ourselves in a different community, and so we’re trying to adjust to that.”

No vote was taken at Monday night's meeting. That isn't expected to happen until next month. And if the plan passes, development could begin this summer.

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