• Church wants to sell land for affordable housing

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -  A local church could sell its land for affordable housing

    The Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church wants to put 50 affordable housing units and a small park on its property on West Sugar Creek Road.

    The pastor said it is a way for the church to give back to the community.

    “We are not doing this for any reason other than it was a vision of the possible, and we believe strongly it is right,” the Rev. Peter Wherry said.

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    Some neighbors are opposed to the project because they believe Hidden Valley already has its share of affordable housing.

    “We are doing more than most communities while trying to maintain a fragile balance that won't take us back 20 years ago when I first arrived in Charlotte,” resident Charles Aiken said.

    The Charlotte City Council will hold a vote on the development in the coming weeks.

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