South Charlotte community in familiar pattern: When developers buy, everyone must go.

By Lauren Lindstrom, The Charlotte Observer


Some 40 families renting in Charlotte’s Sterling neighborhood are scrambling to move after a developer bought their homes earlier this month and told them they all must vacate, some in a matter of days.

Residents of the south Charlotte community near South and Westinghouse boulevards say they began receiving vacate notices earlier this month from the new owner, which property records show bought dozens of single family homes for $6.6 million earlier this month. The Rock Hill-based company is also connected to new luxury town homes under nearby.

News of the vacate orders was first reported this week by WSOC-TV.

The sale leaves dozens of families scrambling to find housing, and follows a familiar pattern in Charlotte: the city’s growth and development often comes at the expense of those already living here. Families in the Sterling neighborhood are nearly all on month-to-month leases and have little recourse to stop their removal.

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