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Request for Proposals for Architecture and Engineering: Making an Old Nursing Home Liveable Again

WeBuild Concord welcomes all architectural and engineering firms to help us revitalize the Logan Community in Concord, NC. We plan to breathe life into a nursing home abandoned since the early 1970s at 266 Malvern Drive SW, Concord, NC 28025.  It is our vision to repurpose this development into luxurious and affordable condominiums. WeBuild is making homeownership a reality for the people of Concord and Cabarrus County. This development is less than a quarter mile from our Lincoln Street Townhome project, which will become home to 26 families soon. If you’re an architectural or engineering firm...

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The Lincoln Street Townhomes: A Dream No Longer Deferred

WeBuild Concord has worked with the Logan Community of Concord for almost two years to develop a plan for the Lincoln Street Townhomes Project site. The Lincoln Street Townhomes will have 26 townhomes for ownership. The project aims to create more significant ownership opportunities in a community with low ownership rates and financial options. Along with the project, WeBuild advocates for more amenities and business development in and around the area. Site work began on September 19 with our project partner, Harmon Construction.  The most challenging aspect of the project is infrastructure....

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Our Inaugural Annual Breakfast Meeting and New Revolving Construction Fund

On October 9, 2023, at the First Presbyterian’s Davis Hall, WeBuild will host our Inaugural Build a Better Cabarrus Breakfast and Annual Meeting. The meeting provides a glance at the state of housing in Cabarrus, the accomplishments of our residents and partners, and future developments. Board member Dakeita Vanderburg is the lead organizer of the breakfast. WeBuild will announce and explain its Revolving Construction Fund concept. The RC Fund will allow partners and Webuild to use zero to low-interest loans to construct affordable and workforce housing projects promoting ownership. We...

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Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month is More than Culture to Me

September 15, 2023, begins Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month nationwide and in counties across North Carolina. Festivals will celebrate the cultural significance and contributions of many Spanish-speaking residents in our communities. For example, the Concord International Festival, hosted by El Puente Hispano, will acknowledge the cultural richness of Hispanic and Latin American people and others with international roots. WeBuild Concord will join this celebration of life. However, Hispanic and Latin Americans also offer us a unique source of talent and leadership for the present and...

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Elevations and Quality Matter

Two of WeBuild Concord’s core values are opportunity and respect. Opportunity means partnering to ensure residents have quality homes that improve their ability to thrive and build wealth. Respect promotes pride and dignity in our community through high standards and thoughtful stewardship. Both of these qualities are part of our building process. The thought that working individuals needing affordable options must give up quality is foreign to us. Recently, a person earning above our income threshold requested from a realty partner, “I want a WeBuild home,” she said. “I like the look and quality...

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WeBuild Concord Increased NOAH Projects and New Builds

Between August and December, WeBuild Concord will have nine newly built homes on the market for low to moderate-income households. This is in addition to constructing two multi-family projects providing forty new dwellings for ownership and rent. However, we have focused further on naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) opportunities. NOAHs are homes or existing structures that provide a way to maintain affordable housing through upgrades and repurposing properties. We place these properties into our community land trust to ensure permanent affordability. Over the past few months, WeBuild...

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False Meritocracy: Do Low to Moderate-Income Residents Deserve Opportunities?

As a social and public sector workforce, housing, and policy leader for over 20 years, I am still surprised by questions reinforcing a false sense of meritocracy. On a few occasions, I have been asked, “How do your customers earn their housing with WeBuild?”  “Do these people do any work for their home?” These questions are rooted in the notion that some people deserve opportunity and others do not, regardless of circumstance or factual nuances. WeBuild residents have nothing to prove. They earned their long overdue opportunities before we existed. Our recent residents in homes for ownership...

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