Elizabeth Heights is one of five housing developments to receive a Housing North Carolina Award for excellence in affordable housing.
The Charlotte revitalization project received the award on Oct. 12.
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 luncheon during the N.C. Affordable Housing Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center, according to a press release.
Winning developments were selected for affordability, design, sustainability, community contribution, resident services and creative partnerships. Elizabeth Heights is a neighborhood revitalization project to restore and revitalize the Grier Heights community. The mixed-income development is being built in partnership by CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development and Self-Help Community Development Corporation with support from the city of Charlotte.
CrossRoads and Self-Help acquired 23 vacant duplexes on about 6 acres to create the neighborhood. Existing substandard homes were demolished to make way for the new development called Elizabeth Heights that will offer 36 homes, including affordable housing and market-rate homes. The Craftsman-style homes feature hardwood flooring, granite countertops, upgraded lighting and large front porches as well as elements built to the standards of System Vision, GreenBuild NC and Energy Star. The size of the three-bedroom homes average 1,400 to 1,500 square feet. The N.C. Housing Finance Agency provides zero-interest, deferred second mortgages up to 15 percent of the purchase price.