land trust

West Side Community Land Trust staff and board members tossed dirt to start the project.
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The West Side Community Land Trust has broken ground for its first home as part of a long-term plan to fight gentrification in west Charlotte. It's a small step toward a goal of establishing 50 long-term, affordable units in the area — on land the community owns.

Rickey Hall (left) is chair and Charis Blackmon is executive director of the West Charlotte Community Land Trust. They're on the trust's first property, on Tuckaseegee Road.
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Charlotte's West Side Community Land Trust has begun acquiring land and raising money for its efforts to fight gentrification in west Charlotte. The 2½ year old nonprofit has a $2.5 million plan to develop 50 affordable single-family homes over the next five years. But most of that money has yet to be raised.