During the 1980’s when the federal government got out of the construction of public housing units, the City of Charlotte built apartment complexes to provide an addition to the Charlotte Housing Authority’s federally subsidized public housing.
By 1993, it was evident that some of the apartments were not generating enough income to cover maintenance costs. Over the course of a few years the apartment sites had suffered a variety of maintenance-related problems: erosion, poorly kept landscaping, leaking roofs, falling gutters and trim, and poorly installed window unit air conditioners. There were also broken windows and smashed doors, and substantial interior and exterior renovations were needed. The troubled units were not serving the needs of their intended market. It was time for a recommitment or change in the way things were done.
In March 1995, The Housing Partnership acquired four of the Charlotte Housing Authority’s apartment complexes: West Downs, Brighton Place, Shelton Knoll, and Pleasant View. The four complexes total 211 individual units ranging from one-bedroom garden apartments to four bedroom townhouses. The Housing Partnership renovated the units, which included plumbing, installing new electrical appliances, repairing driveways and parking lots, drywall repairs, etc. Many new features were added, such as wall-to-wall carpeting, washer/dryer hookups, air conditioning, laundry facilities, playgrounds, and community rooms. Financing was obtained through a loan from Bank of America and grants from the City of Charlotte and NeigborWorks®.