Former hotel used for affordable apartments in Charlotte NC

A former Charlotte hotel has been converted into an affordable apartment complex and a phased move-in for 88 individuals is underway, the nonprofit Roof Above said Wednesday.

SECU The Rise on Clanton is a former 88-room Quality Inn on Clanton Road near Interstate 77, just southwest of uptown. It’s the city’s first “adaptive reuse,” permanent supportive housing, an approach that renovates unused buildings for new functions, Roof Above said in a news release.

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The former Quality Inn hotel near Clanton Road and Interstate 77 in Charlotte, NC, has been transformed into SECU The Rise on Clanton, an apartment complex for people who are chronically homeless, according to Roof Above. Courtesy of Roof Above

The opening of The Rise on Clanton comes as 422 people in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County are chronically homeless and the city struggles to keep up with housing demands, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing and Homelessness Dashboard.

Among The Rise’s 88 tenants are 10 who were displaced from the North End Encampment in February 2021, known as “Tent City.”

“The pandemic revealed an innovative opportunity to purchase and convert an underutilized hotel into affordable housing, making adaptive reuse a tool to serve some of our community’s most vulnerable residents,” Roof Above said in its news release.

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Tenants of SECU The Rise on Clanton will need to spend 30% of their income on rent, in addition to utility costs, according to Roof Above. The nonprofit turned an 88-room hotel into apartments with kitchens and other amenities. Courtesy Roof Above

Work to renovate the former hotel rooms into apartments with kitchens began in May 2021. The complex will also provide case managers, a full-time nurse, a “learning lab,” and community spaces.

Tenants will spend 30% of their income on rent, in addition to utility costs, Roof Above said. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coordinated Entry process will select the most vulnerable individuals in need of housing for the apartment.

Roof Above purchased the hotel in December 2020 and worked with the Salvation Army to use the space as an emergency shelter for women and children.

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The interior of one of the 88 apartments at SECU The Rise on Clanton in Charlotte, NC. The Rise once was a Quality Inn hotel. Courtesy Roof Above

The project cost $13 million, and Roof Above received several donations, including $2 million from the City of Charlotte and $2 million from the State Employees Credit Union, after which the project is named.

Each week, Roof Above will move in six to eight tenants “to ensure they are fully supported in their transition,” the nonprofit said in a news release.

This is a developing story.

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Roof Above purchased the former Quality Inn hotel on Clanton Road, just off Interstate 77 southwest of uptown Charlotte, in December 2020. After being used as an emergency shelter, the building is now home to an innovative approach to affordable housing. Courtesy Roof Above

This story was originally published August 3, 2022 9:00 AM.

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Charlotte Kramon is a metro news intern for the Charlotte Observer. Originally from Los Angeles, she is a rising junior studying Public Policy and Policy Journalism and Media Studies (PJMS) at Duke University. She also covers local politics at The 9th Street Journal.


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