City council zones land in Hidden Valley for affordable housing, neighbors push back

Rent continues to climb in Charlotte with the average apartment going for around $1,179. Now, Charlotte City Council is continuing their efforts to build more affordable housing.

"If we are going to do this, let's do it right,” said one neighbor at Monday’s Charlotte city zoning meeting.

The pastor at Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Hidden Valley thinks he has the right plan by donating a plot of land. The plan includes building around 50 affordable apartments.
The project also calls for 90 percent of the units to be occupied by those who make less than Charlotte's median income.

"We see on the front lines of the community every week people are in critical need of services, for example rent and affordable housing,” said Pastor Peter Wherry from Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

Neighbors near the proposed site along Sugar Creek Road fear decreased rent, could increase crime.

"This proposal, this proposal will bring all that migration back,” said one neighbor.

Neighbors also believe it could bring back more traffic, along an already busy road.

If approved by council, the pastor behind the project says construction would start right away.

"Our neighbors will have a safe, beautiful place to live and our community will have a new jewel to be proud of,” said Pastor Wherry.

Construction would take about 18 months.