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City Council approves $1.2 million to renovate Mecklenburg, Johnston mills

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte City Council members voted 9-2 Monday night to release $1.2 million in federal grant money to renovate Mecklenburg and Johnston Mills in NoDa.

The century old buildings will be turned into affordable housing apartments. The vote comes after months of disagreements between the developer and residents against the proposal. Dozens of those in favor of the development waited anxiously for council to vote.

"NoDa is saying yes we want it and we want it in our back yard. How many neighborhoods stand in front of council and want affordable workforce housing?" said Hollis Nixon, president of the NoDa Neighborhood Association.

The Community Builders, out of Boston and Washington D.C. will convert Johnston Mills in to 64 units, and Mecklenburg Mills into 48 units.

"Alternative resources have been sought and we do have considerable skin in the game," said The Community Builders President and CEO Bart Mitchell.

Mecklenburg Mills is expected to be ready for tenants in July 2014. Johnston Mills is expected to be ready for tenants in September 2015, construction crews said.

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