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For Charlotte Habitat, DNC offers chance to build awareness

CHARLOTTE – At The Mecklenburg Times, we’ve just published a pre-DNC special section, “DNC HQ: Housing the Party.”

But the folks at the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity are doing us one better: In a publicity move, they’re building actual housing during the Democratic National Convention, and it’ll be right in the middle of the convention.

The Habitat of Humanity crew builds a home in a parking lot between South Tryon and South College streets. Photo by Scott Baughman

Here’s the scoop from Habitat spokesman Phil Prince:

Construction of the home, for which Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is being sought, will start early Monday morning during Carolina Fest, in a parking lot between South Tryon and South College streets between St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

Which means it’ll be right across South College from, and in full view of, the Charlotte Convention Center itself.

Two hundred volunteer workers will be bused to the site in shifts to get the house’s exterior completed by the night of Sept. 6, when the convention ends.

After the convention wraps up, the house will be moved to its permanent foundation in Reid Park off West Boulevard, where interior work will be completed.

The U.S. Green Building Council, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, the local DNC host committee and Bank of America are the project’s co-sponsors.

The house will be the centerpiece at what is being called “Legacy Village,” so stop by and take a peek.

We’ll see if the Democrats can manage to get as much done in those four days.

Tony Brown can be reached at tony.brown@mecktimes.com, (704) 247-2912 or on Twitter at @tonymecktimes.


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