New affordable housing complex opens in Uptown Charlotte

New mixed-income housing community offers market-rate units and units based on income.

A new affordable housing complex opened today in Uptown Charlotte.  

Varick on 7th, a mixed-income housing community, is located at 721 E 7th Street and aims to address Charlotte’s rapidly unaffordable housing options.

Back in January 2023, QCity Metro reported on the complex’s progress during construction.

Now, it’s complete and awaiting its first residents. 

The complex was designed to be “inclusive” by offering a combination of market-rate and affordable units in a walkable area close to the city’s center.

A bedroom inside a two-bed unit at the Varick on 7th. March 26, 2024.
A bedroom inside a two-bed unit at the Varick on 7th. March 26, 2024. (Destiniee Jaram / QCity Metro.)

The $24 million project was funded through several organizations, including a housing trust fund loan of $1.5 million, a permanent loan of $4.2 million from Local Initiatives Support Corp., an organization supporting communities, and a permanent loan of $17.4 million from Barings, a global investment manager.

Local Initiatives Support Corp. also provided a $17 million construction loan through their Black Economic Development Loan — the largest in the country, according to Tiffany Durr, senior director of Local Initiatives Support Corp. strategic investments. 

The land was also provided by the city of Charlotte and the Little Rock Community Development.

Applications for the mixed-housing complex are now open, and residents are expected to move into the apartments in mid-April, according to Nelson.

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