We assist in the development of greenspace, infrastructure improvements and connectivity improvement to promote healthy lifestyles. Since its inception over 25 years ago, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. has created 1,500+ homes and provided homeownership education to nearly 2,300 families per year. The organization’s involvement within the Druid Hills community spans over decades.
Druid Hills has a wealth of community resources and assets that can be leveraged and built upon to achieve the vision and sustainable future for the neighborhood. There are three registered neighborhood organizations, and a number of anchor institutions in close proximity to the neighborhood. The recent and proposed developments within and around Druid Hills puts the neighborhood in the spotlight for residential and commercial improvements to make it more attractive for future investment.
Druid Hills is home to the Historic Ford Model T Plant, located on Statesville Avenue, which produced over 230,000 Ford vehicles before closing its doors in 1932. It later became the US Army Quartermaster Corps Depot, then the Charlotte Army Missile Plant, which closed in 1967. The industrial complex is now used as an office park for several businesses, including the Rite Aid Distribution Center. The neighborhood is also home to Big M Stables, one of few horse farms in the United States located in urban communities.
Druid Hills currently has active churches, Druid Hills Academy, a K-8 public school, and Druid Hills Park. As mentioned above, areas adjacent to Statesville Avenue, Woodward Avenue and North Graham Street include predominantly industrial, warehouse, service, office and some retail land uses. Druid Hills is located next to the recently revitalized Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks community with single-family homes, townhomes and apartments developed on a 90-acre tract on Statesville Avenue. The recently developed Gables II, a 72-unit active living rental apartment community for persons 55 and older, is located within Druid Hills at Kohler and Statesville Avenues. Druid Hills is also within the boundaries of the Applied Innovation Corridor – a business district recently established by Charlotte’s City Council. Funding has been incorporated into the City’s Community Investment Plan that provides for several public investments in and around Druid Hills in the future.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership Inc.’s vision for the target area aligns with the vision that residents of Druid Hills and other key community stakeholders developed during visioning sessions. This vision statement, which was revisited in 2014, relies on engaged residents to assist in carrying out plans, as well as public and private investments to:
- improve walkability and connectivity indexes;
- provide high quality and affordable housing stock;
- spur job development opportunities through commercial development; and
- create open spaces fit for various types of recreation.