CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An empty field on the west side that was once the home of a school is getting a new purpose thanks to the city and charity groups.
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Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and others are partnering to create a 40-home complex on the site of the former Plato Price School
Plato Price was one of Charlotte’s all-Black schools and was closed in the late 1960s
The Meadows at Plato Price has an estimated price tag of about $7.8 million and will include affordable homes, community meeting space
According to data from Ally Financial, just 15% of homes for sale in Mecklenburg County are considered affordable for households earning less than $50,000 a year.
Habitat for Humanity Charlotte’s latest development wants to change, and they have big plans for this piece of property that still holds so many memories.
Plato Price was one of Charlotte’s all-Black schools, and it was shut down in the late 1960s.
Dr. Eddie Hoover went to Plato Price from kindergarten to his junior year of high school, but as the City of Charlotte began integrating schools, Hoover was sent to a different school his senior year.
“We were shocked. We had no idea this was on the horizon, and we had our little plans for our senior year,” Hoover said.
Hoover wanted to buy the land where Plato Price once stood, but he is glad Habitat for Humanity is building something for people in west Charlotte.
Habitat for Humanity Charlotte asked Hoover, and other Plato Price school alums, to help pick names for the streets and contribute to the clubhouse to honor the memory of the school.
“This school was very important to the Black community when it was here. We had congressmen, principals, lots of teachers, business people and just good people. Good working people,” Hoover said.
This is Habitat for Humanity Charlotte’s largest project to date with an estimated price tag of about $7.8 million.
The complex will be called The Meadows at Plato Price.
It will include affordable homes, community meeting space, walking paths and dedicated nature areas.
Ally Charitable Foundation and the City of Charlotte are each investing $1 million for the project, which broke ground September 8.