Community Development

Photo Teresa Campo Communtiy Development Homeownership is for everyone and provides a legacy for your family.  DOWNPAYMENT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE IN MONROE.  CALL THE MONROE UNION COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AT 704.283.8804. 

Community Development Division serves the City through the Planning & Development Department by promoting neighborhood revitalization, economic vitality, safe and healthy housing, environmental sustainability, and the application of planning principals to building a resilient community.    The Community Development Division Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018 and Annual Strateigic Action Plan July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 is available  access here 

Please contact us for more information or to express interest in partnering with Community Development in enhancing Monroe as a city that embraces community and plans for the future.  

Community Development represents the City in the regional federal grant consortium as well as other committees and work councils.  Community Development is responsible for the Annual Strategic Action Plan, which includes communities and non-residential partners, to develop and implement strategies for public facility improvements, land development, single-family housing rehabilitation development, multi-family housing, beautification, revitalization, and economic development.  As Community Development develops and implements policy through the code of ordinances, strategic planning, and research and development of action plans, resident input will be welcomed. Continue to check this page to find out about opportunities for participation, The Division regularly facilitates and conducts workshops and other planning outreach activities to develop strategies and recommendations that create economic vitality, revitalization, and community placemaking.

Shepherd's Place and Scattered Site  Revitalization Project Volunteerism and Partnership Project  - February, 2019 Update..  Special thanks to our local business owners who continue to vest in this partnership.  A group of volunteers from Lakeside Baptist Church in South Carolina have donated their time and energy in completing the finish drywall.  Habitat for Humanity is facilitating the HVAC installation of units donated by Ingersoll Rand/Trane.  College students working through Habitat for HUmanity will be building the back decks and other volunteer work in early March.  Love's Plumbing held a company workday on September 29th to install the rough in plumbing and now we have running water.  Materials were provided by Hughe's Supply, and Charlotte Pipe and Foundry.   Shining Light Baptist Church and MtC Global Ministries continue to manage the volunteer work days. We welcome additional partners for finish sheetrock, painting, flooring installation, attic installation, decks, exterior wall repairs, masonry work, and cabinet installation.   Wingate Electric Services and Bower's Electric and Love's Plumbing and HVAC finals are pending.  We encourage you to support and thank our partners in the endeavor to repair housing and create safe housing, more partners will be added as contributions are made.  This project was made possible through the Monroe Mayor and City Council with special thanks to the Community Development Stakeholder's Committee, City's Water and Sewer Department, City's Engineering Department, City's Building Inspection and Permit Divisions, City of Monroe Mayor & City Council and partners like you.   Six owner occupied houses for low to moderate income households and two scattered site children's home are the beneficiaries of this collaboration, with a special thanks to the Union Anson Habitat for Humanity.  We need additional partners to work on trades at the scattered site children's home, adding new partners daily.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced soon. 

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Monroe Union County Community Development Center  In partnership with the City of Monroe, this offers down-payment assistance for income-eligible households to develop land that the City partnered in acquisition.  Contact the CDC at (704) 283-9814 for more information.  Workforce Housing Update:  Partnering with the CDC and layering City, NCHFA, Neighborhood Lift DPA our first employee will be closing on a house in Monroe, in addition a State employee that works in Monroe will be building a new home in the East Village Subdivision (a City/CDC development) as part of the funding opportunity.   The City is committed to expanding housing choice in Monroe and promoting homeownership in our City to those that serve our citizens.    Watch for the next Neighborhood Lift Downpayment Assistance announcement.

Union County Monroe Habitat for Humanity  Contact HFH regarding the Urgent Repair Grants and to volunteer or build your own house at 704.289.6067 or 2520 West Roosevelt Blvd. in Monroe.Phone: (704) 289-6067

Monroe Union County CDBG Urban County Interlocal Activities   The next Community Meeting will be posted soon on the sidewalk installation and other projects.   American Engineering is the City's consultant and the project site can be accessed here for more information:  Consultant's site 

Fair Housing is the Law  Know your rights as a tenant and as a landlord.  Download this pamphlet for more information.  

Love Your Downtown Event.   A sucessful forum with speakers Jeff Micheals from UNCC and David Maurer AIA; we are looking forward to the adaptive reuse of buildings in our downtown through the use of tax credits and other portfolios.   A workshop for retail development was held on September 20, 2018 partnering with the City Manager's Office Downtown Division.   The theme was competing with the Age of Amazon with a focus on building small business to be think bigger.  Hillary Greenberg, National Development Consultant and Mark Miller, Small Business Consultant with the State of Arkansas was well received by the group of approximately 65.   Look foward to the next meeting in FY19 stand by for the announcement coming soon.

Community Development Stakeholders Committee.  Our meeting on September 24, 2018 to share project updates and discuss the strategic action plan was a successs.  We welcome existing partners and our new partnerships.  Projects are made possible by the City's partnership with area stakeholders.   Union Anson County Habitat for Humanity; BB&T; Union County Community Development Corporation; Union County Board of Realtors (Ross & Associates Real Estate); Union County NC Crisis Assistance Ministry; Union County Homebuilder's Association; Union County Community Shelter; Winchester Neighborhood Association; Council on Aging in Union County; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Shining Light Baptist Church; Shining Light Eglesia Baptista; Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church; Sutton Park Neighborhood Association; Lexington Common Community Watchl TYM, Inc. ; The ARC of Union County.  New Partners for this fiscal year include:  NC Works Green Center, Monroe: Core HR Consulting; The Alliance for Children; Mount Calvary AMEZion Church; Paradise Height Community; Transforming Youth Movement;  and 5/3/ Bank.  Also, a continuing partnership with various City Departments. 

Winchester/Paradise Heights. Economic Vitality and Neighborhood Revitalization Project - a Mayor's Small Committee has been formed to revitalization.  Community Development is develing a strategy and managing the environmental assessment process.  The next meeting will be held at the Winchester Community Center on February 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Land Bank.  On October 2, 2018 the Mayor and City Council approved the disposal with development conditions of two parcels for economic development purposes.   The first property is zoned Office Transitional and is located at 106 Myers Street, Monroe Parcel #09226127, we will be seeking professional and other services at this site.  The other lot is a residential lot located in the historic district at 306 Charles Street, Monroe, Parcel# 09231173.  We will be seeking owner occupied with a documented home occupation, design subject to the Historic Design Guidelines.  A bed and breakfast is also an allowed use.  

Concord Avenue Beautification ProjectMade possible through a land donation we are looking forward to a beautification project in the Concord Avenue Overlay.  A link to the Concord Avenue Redevelopment Plan can be found here.  The land donation from Gus and Liz Mihelakis of the parcel from Patton Avenue/Concord Avenue/Secrest Shortcut Road for the beautification is complete.  We are working to bring more information for community input and are excited about this activity to foster pride and encourage revitalization.

Main Street Ordinance Proposals.  CD submitted the draft ordinance for the historic district "Prevention of Demolition by Neglect" it is in legal review.  Other ordinances are being drafted that include the Non Residential Building Ordinance and Abandoned Structure Ordinance; updates will be posted here.

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South Piedmont Community College offers a walk in National Career Readiness Certificate in the Employability Lab (Bkdg, Am Room 157) Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  This certification increases your chances for employment with local manufacuters and is a portable literacy skill verify.   The campus is located in Monroe on Old Charlotte Highway.  More information can be found here