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Renovation Report: New Hope Apartments (access required)

When Brenda Hayden first set her eyes on the foreclosed and defunct 22-unit apartment complex that Builders of Hope was considering transforming into an affordable-housing development in west Charlotte, one word came to mind: uninhabitable. Despite the squalor -- three people were squatting in the three blighted buildings on Rowan Street -- BOH bought the property in 2009 with a neighborhood stabilization grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Hayden, Charlotte-area director of BOH, which is based in Raleigh.

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Thinking small (access required)


With new apartment complexes popping up left and right in Charlotte, James McArthur wants in on the action. But don’t look for him to throw up a skyscraper of an apartment complex, at least not for the time being.

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