Kirsten Sikkelee, CEO
of YWCA Central Carolinas, and Nicole Burnette, Urban Farmer and Hemp Grower,
were our guest speakers at the March meeting.
We learned about an upcoming transition of
YWCA's 10-acre front lawn into 104 affordable housing units. This is a
collaborative project between YWCA Central Carolinas and DreamKey Partners
(formerly Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership).
We also learned about how a Charlotte urban
farm is connecting community and how food as medicine has become a powerful
health initiative rooted at home.
YWCA Central Carolinas 3420 Park Road Charlotte, NC 28209
FPNA Mtg (March) Minutes
Police report (Officer Jim
Only two incidents since Feb 2023: car part
stolen and a credit card fraud.
Continue to lock car doors and do not
leave valuables inside cars.
County Commissioner Update
Informed group that blue algae growing in park lakes will be
Park Rd Park will be treated in 2024. Freedom Park will
be addressed in 2025 and it will coincide with the construction/opening of the
new Nature Museum.
---much discussion regarding the anticipated increases in property values
and resulting taxes. The tax rate may help to offset but the rate will not
be set until June. A large piece of the county budget is education (42%) –
resulting from Charlotte’s very high growth rate.
StarMed Healthcare ---
The presentation was given by Nicole Burnett, Exec. Director.
The community urban farm was discussed, with a Food is Medicine tagline. The
farm is volunteer staffed, located in West Charlotte and opens on April 15.
Healthy cooking and nutritional classes will be offered (with Atrium joining
in). The potential exists for food insecurity grants to supplement funding for
YWCA Park Rd –Update
The presentation was given by Kirsten Sikkele—providing a
history of the 10-acre property and the current status to build 104
transitional housing units. Construction with Dream Key Partners is expected to
begin late summer 2023 and take approx. 28 months to complete the project.
Overall project cost is $50MM. Links are available on the Y website to review
renderings and a project video.
position ----- Jon Bass has kindly taken over the role of FPNA treasurer
from Bob Binner –and is effective as of the date of this FPNA mtg.
Next FPNA mtg ----- April
20 at 6 PM at AutoPour on Seneca and South Blvd.