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
2What kind of affordable housing do you have planned?
Our proposal triples the amount of affordable housing required by Mecklenburg County in its Request for Proposals. We plan to provide a minimum of 114 affordable homes priced at a variety of affordability levels: 30%, 60% and 80% of AMI, or the area median income. In its RFP, the county asked for proposals to provide affordable units at the 80% level. The units will be indistinguishable from market-rate units spread throughout the development.
3What 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.
4How do I keep informed about future meetings?
You can follow updates on our website and Facebook page.
5Who is the media contact?
Julianne McCollum, Yellow Duck Marketing, 704.271.9556. firstname.lastname@example.org.
6Does the BK Partners proposal include any affordable housing “for sale?” Will there be any “affordable units” for sale?
We are no offering any affordable units for sale.
7What 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 fiscal year 2019 AMI for a family of four is $79,000. That means that in the Charlotte area, half of the households earn more than $79,000 and half earn less.
8Who defines AMI?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, a federal department, who gathers their data from the US Census Bureau, another federal department.
9What 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.
10What 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.
11What size will the units be?
The BK partners RFP submittal to Mecklenburg County reflects an average size of 741 SF.
12How 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 114 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.
13What will happen to Marshall Park?
Marshall Park is currently in the planned Phase 2 of Brooklyn Village, which we anticipate redeveloping in about five years. Our vision for the new Second Ward Park – influenced by input from 14 community meetings held in 2016 – is a dynamic green space that will engage visitors with cultural elements, programming, events, walkable retail and restaurants, and shaded seating. It will also connect to Myers Passage, a pathway that will run along the route that Myers Street once took past the Second Ward High School Gymnasium, one of the few remaining buildings of Brooklyn, and the Myers Street Elementary School, now the location of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.
14How will the 2040 plan be incorporated into Brooklyn Village?
Although the 2040 Comprehensive Plan was developed years after the Brooklyn Village plan was approved, there are many elements of the 2040 plan that will be incorporated into Brooklyn Village, including Complete Communities, an area that provides a variety of places for people to live, work and play; access to transit and pedestrian and bicycle connectivity; neighborhood diversity and inclusion; housing access for all; and diverse economic opportunity with 35% MWSBE participation.