Elizabeth Community Association Sues Developer Planning Luxury Townhomes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A development battle is brewing in the Elizabeth neighborhood.

The community association there is suing a developer who is replacing affordable housing with more than 100 luxury townhomes.

“Honestly, it just deflects from the whole character of Elizabeth,” says neighbor Brooke Bible.

She’s watched from across the street as the Martha Washington Apartments came down, about to be replaced with townhomes.

The 10-acre property sits near the corner of Kenmore and Dotger Avenues.

“And now that they’ve torn down these apartment homes that were reasonable for fixed income folks, there’s no way they can get back in the neighborhood,” Bible says.

In the civil suit, the Elizabeth Community Association is asking a judge to stop developer Pulte Homes.

The suit claims the company’s plans violate deed restrictions dating back to 1938.

Those restrictions limit where homes can be built and how much the property can be subdivided.

The lawsuit also claims the townhome community would interfere with neighbors’ peace and comfort.

“Huge. No question about it. It’s a dramatic change from what’s been here,” explains Paul Shipley, President of the Elizabeth Community Association.

He argues the townhomes will impact the community’s tree canopy and increase traffic.

“We’d like to have them consider less units, maybe a different mix of product-type in here,” Shipley says.

A spokesperson for PulteGroup sent WCCB Charlotte a statement that reads in part, “…we are working to address the concerns brought forward by the Elizabeth Community Association. We are optimistic that we will be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement soon.”

Pulte goes on to say it has a, “great deal of respect for the Elizabeth neighborhood,” and are, “committed to being a good neighbor.”