|The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte wants to build affordable multifamily homes for as many as 260 elderly people and 26 handicapped adults on almost 21 acres the diocese owns at South Tryon and Savannah Club Drive, according to recently filed petition documents.|
The as yet unnamed community may also include an adult daycare center and non-denominational chapel seating up to 100. Total development cost has not been determined, says the diocese?s Jerry Widelski, executive director of the church?s 501(c)(3) housing corporation. The goal is to make affordable living available to retirees on fixed incomes and to adults with mental or physical impairments, Jerry tells us. The project is still very much a work in progress. Should it choose to add the daycare center, for example, the number of units for the elderly would be pared back by about 60. And rental rates have not been set. Much will depend on the outcome of a HUD loan application the diocese is now preparing to submit in June, Jerry tells us. A public hearing on the rezoning request (from mixed-use and multifamily to institutional) is scheduled for July 18.