The history of the Lakewood community dates back to the early 1900’s when Lakewood amusement park, which featured a pavilion, lake and Ferris wheel, was the premier entrainment destination in Charlotte.

Neighborhood Overview

Over the next several decades, Lakewood saw a decline due to urban flight and the closing of the neighboring mills. This led to an increase in crime and deteriorating housing conditions.


Over the last several years, the Lakewood community has begun to turn back the decline. This is due to the hard work of the Lakewood CDC, the dedication of several area churches, residents and a host of volunteers. The City of Charlotte has invested more than $3 million for infrastructure improvements. Both The Housing Partnership and Habitat For Humanity have participated by constructing and rehabilitating housing units.


The Housing Partnership’s Involvement


Lakewood is a classic example of The Housing Partnership teaming up with another community-based organization to develop housing. In this case, The Housing Partnership has agreed to assist in handling the housing needs and goals for the Lakewood CDC.


As the CDC’s housing developer, The Housing Partnership has constructed and rehabbed both single-family and rental properties. For example, in 2000, the City of Charlotte loaned $300,000 to the CDC to develop rental units in Lakewood. The six-units provided much needed elderly housing for neighborhood residents. The Housing Partnership rehabilitated the units and the Lakewood CDC owns and manages the units.


For The Housing Partnership this only continues a list of projects and investments in this improving, inner-city community. The Housing Partnership has constructed and sold almost 20 single-family homes. The Housing Partnership also has several lots that are slatted for new homes in the near future.


The Housing Partnership also rehabilitated 12 multi-family rental units in Lakewood. These town-home units, which were completed in the Spring of 2003, are called Grant Station Apartments.


**Update about COVID-19**

Our thoughts are with everyone as we navigate a new normal surrounding COVID-19. We continue monitoring the situation and following the recommendations and guidelines of the CDC, with our main concern being the health and well-being of our customers, employees and partners.  We are working to ensure that we provide uninterrupted service, while also supporting the safety of the community.

To limit potential exposure, we’ve closed our senior apartment buildings to visitors (except for essential medical and food services) and have other protocols in place including closing common areas and ramping up cleaning efforts to support the well-being of our senior residents as much as possible. We’ve implemented many of the same safety measures across our multi-family apartment communities as well. We’ve also communicated with our homebuyer and financial literacy customers about new opportunities to fulfill courses through a virtual learning option and telephone counseling sessions instead of in-person classes and sessions through the end of March. Our goal is to work with our customers’ schedules to make these accommodations.

We wish for everyone to be in good health as we continue doing our part to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and community. If you need to reach us, please call 704-342-0933. Thank you.