Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout this outreach process we’ll be collecting feedback and questions. This page will evolve over time as more questions/topics come up.

 

1How do we get on the list for consideration of subcontracts to MWSBE businesses?
For more information on MWSBE participation, please visit our opportunities page and check the designated box to be contacted by an MWSBE coordinator

2How will you engage the youth of the community?
The team intends to transform this community by ensuring that local businesses and the youth have the ability to learn leadership and management skills associated with the hospitality industry, so they plan to establish an Entrepreneurship Institute. The model for the institute is the Peebles Entrepreneurial Academy within the D.C. Hospitality High School in Washington, D.C., which has been adopted as the hospitality model by the National Academy Foundation. We also hope to offer internships at the hotels for college students at JCSU, JWU, etc. 

3What kind of affordable housing do you have planned? What will rents be?
Our proposal triples the amount of affordable housing required. We plan to provide a minimum 107 apartments affordable to those earning 80% of the area median income, which will be built, managed and operated by the same management company and indistinguishable from market-rate units spread throughout the development.

4What will the buildings look like?
We aren’t quite to that point of design yet. However, having some of the nation’s best designers at Stantec and local firm Perkins+Will (formerly Freelon Group) who designed the Gantt Center and the National Museum of African American History & Culture, will ensure we have different perspectives on creating buildings with a variety of styles and architecture to look like an organically grown urban city would. We seek to create an environment and architecture that reflects vibrancy, excitement and history. Much of the design will be reviewed with the public during the rezoning process, which would follow the negotiations. 

5How do I keep informed about future meetings?

6Who is the media contact?
Julianne McCollum, Yellow Duck Marketing, 704.271.9556. julianne@yellowduckmarketing.com or Nicole Goldberg, Peebles Corporation, 212.355.1655, ngoldberg@peeblescorp.com

7Does the BK Partners proposal include any affordable housing “for sale?” Will there be any “affordable units” for sale?
We do not currently offer any affordable units for sale, but will consider this idea during our negotiations with the County.

8What does AMI mean?
AMI is a federal government term that stands for Area Median Income.  The federal government surveys communities in the Charlotte area and determines the median – the amount where 50% of Charlotte Area households earn more and 50% earn less.  Charlotte’s 2016 AMI is $67,000. That means that in the Charlotte area, half of the households earn more than $67,000 and half earn less.

9Who defines AMI?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, a federal department, who gathers their data from the US Census Bureau, another federal department.

10What does “rent” mean in this instance?
When discussing affordable housing, “Monthly Housing Costs” are measured, not just the rent. Monthly Housing Costs include rent and utilities, except for telephone.

11What is included in Monthly Housing Costs?
“Monthly Housing Costs” are the monthly expenditures for shelter and include utilities except for telephone.  HUD’s standard of affordability reflects their policy that Monthly Housing Costs should not exceed 30% of the AMI. Click here for more information.

12What will rent (Monthly Housing Costs) be in Brooklyn Village’s rental units that are set aside for tenants earning 80% of AMI?
The Monthly Housing Cost should not exceed what you see in this table:

Overall Area Median Income = $67,000

FY 2016 Income Limit Category  1
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 Low (80%) Income Limit  $37,550  $42,900  $48,250  $53,600  $57,900  $62,200
 Monthly Amount For Rent+ Utilities (except phone)  $939  $1,073  $1,206  $1,340  $1,448  $1,555

Source: Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development

13Where does the 80% number come from?
The federal government has different levels for determining affordability.  The general guide is as follows:

 Federal HUD Definition
 Extremely Low Income  Less than 30% of AMI
Very Low Income  31%-50% of AMI
 Low Income  51% – 80% of AMI
 Moderate Income  81% – 120% of AMI
 Not Low Income  Greater than 120% of AMI

Source:  Housing Instability in Charlotte-Mecklenburg 2015, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute on behalf of the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

The county chose in its Request for Proposals to require teams to provide affordable units at the 80% level.

14What size will the units be?
The BK partners RFP submittal to Mecklenburg County reflects an average size of 741 SF.

15How does BK Partners expect to impact the culture of Brooklyn Village when 10% of the units are affordable?
Our focus is on creating a diverse community in Brooklyn Village. There are lots of different measures of diversity, and in a discussion of affordable housing, that takes the form of income diversity – trying to make sure that people of different income levels have the opportunity to live in this new community. Providing 107 units of affordable housing significantly exceeds the requirement of 30 units of housing at 80% of AMI (see the discussion of AMI above).  The objective is that by providing a mix of housing opportunities, the goal of income diversity will help create a vibrant culture in Brooklyn Village. Our tremendous focus on interpreting the history of Brooklyn through the arts and open space programming will also play a major role in bringing cultural elements to Brooklyn Village. A discussion of affordable housing, and many other topics, is likely to be a part of our continued negotiations with the County.