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The Charlotte Housing Authority will soon embark on an array of projects ranging from minor renovations at aging apartment communities around town to full-scale, master-planned redevelopments.
Subsequently, the development arm of CHA, Horizon Development Properties, will be submitting more than a dozen bids for projects over the next 24 months that are collectively worth more than $1 billion — in a couple of cases, general contractor and subcontractor work will be needed for the next decade. Two high-profile projects, the redevelopment of the Strawn Cottages site in Dilworth and the two-block redevelopment that includes the Hall House in uptown, are included in those bids.
Earlier this week, the CHA hosted an information session about contract opportunities for upcoming projects. The organization especially seeks opportunities with minority- and women-owned businesses as well as companies participating in Section 3, which mandates that recipients of financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provide job training and employment opportunities for low-income residents.
"We want you to maybe hire some of our residents," said Fulton Meachem, president and CEO of CHA. "We can train them for your business. The best way to get out of poverty is to have a good job with a living wage."
A spokeswoman for CHA said development projects by the agency have a minimum of 20% participation by minority- and women-owned businesses, but she added that percentage is usually higher — up to 58% on some projects. Charlotte City Council has recently put a greater emphasis on employing more minority, women and small-business enterprises on development projects around town, with several private developers making similar commitments.
Horizon Development will put out several bids for renovation work in the first quarter of 2018, including projects at Autumn Place, Claremont, Glen Cove, Leafcrest, Mallard Ridge, Savanna Woods, Seneca Woods, Sunridge, Victoria Square, Wallace Woods, Woodlaw, Hampton Creste and McAlpine. Those projects range in needs and cost, from $60,000 for security cameras at a property to $1.4 million for sprinkler systems, lighting, painting and other renovations.