March 20, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Rules Will Promote Restoration and Affordable Housing
Charlotte, NC Now that Mecklenburg County has turned the
corner into the 21st century, new construction rules will make it easier
and more affordable to retain memories of the 20th century. Instead of
tearing down older buildings buildings with character, history
and a story to tell developers will be allowed to rehabilitate
them using a construction code tailored to older buildings and their needs.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2002, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
adopted the North Carolina Pilot Rehab Code, developed by Mecklenburg
County Code Enforcement. The new rules are based on a set of regulations
already in use in New Jersey and Maryland, states that have demonstrated
great success in restoring older buildings and neighborhoods. Legislation
passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 2001 provided that Mecklenburg
County would take the lead in developing the regulations for the entire
state of North Carolina.
With the development process now complete, the rehab code is ready to
be used by developers, contractors and home re-modelers. The code is available
to the public at Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, Hal Marshall Services
Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte. It can also be viewed at www.ncrehabcode.com.
Previously, developers wishing to rehabilitate an older building were
forced to adhere to either modern-day building regulations or the very
cumbersome North Carolina Existing Building Code. But that can often cost
more than demolishing the structure and rebuilding on the site, leading
many developers to opt for demolition. The new regulations will give local
buildings inspectors more latitude to accept alternative code measures
in rehabilitation projects without compromising safety. The rules are
designed to encourage investment in existing neighborhoods and older buildings
- Provide additional compliance tools for historic buildings.
- Promote affordable housing
- Promote strong downtown areas and Main Streets
- Focus development on existing infrastructure, reducing
the need for new streets, water and gas lines, etc.
The rules are supported by a coalition including
the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club and the Real Estate
and Building Industry Coalition. Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement will
report back to the N.C. General Assembly in 2006 on the effectiveness
of the regulations.
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For more information: James N. Bartl 704-336-3827 or Druied Roberson 704-432-0677.
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