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Nooze Hounds: Theresa McDonald Talks Derita Development

Episode 90

Theresa McDonald discusses development in Derita on the latest 'Nooze Hounds.'
Theresa McDonald discusses development in Derita on the latest ‘Nooze Hounds.’ (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

When driving on West Sugar Creek Road, the old brick facades of Derita seem to appear out of nowhere, standing opposite the old railroad tracks that once made the neighborhood a central trade post for farmers throughout Mecklenburg County.

On episode 90 of the Nooze Hounds podcast, I speak with Theresa McDonald with Derita Matters, a group that advocates for the Derita area in north Charlotte, which comprises neighborhoods such as Nevin, Allen Hills and other areas bordered by Statesville Avenue, Gibbon Road, North Graham Street and I-85.

McDonald moved to the Allen Hills neighborhood in 2007, just as the financial crisis was beginning to take shape. Now, 17 years later, McDonald has a front-row seat for the major changes that Derita is set to see in terms of development, especially on the heels of the recent news that the city of Charlotte has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern to take over the O-Line, a longstanding railroad track that the city hopes to redevelop into the Red Line commuter rail.

The plan for the Red Line, which would pass through Derita before continuing northward toward northern Mecklenburg County and Mooresville, still rests on the city’s efforts to lobby the state legislature to let them place a referendum for a new sales tax on the ballot locally.

Derita Matters will hold a public meeting about the proposed Red Line commuter rail at Derita Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8.

McDonald, a real estate broker for 20 years who specializes in single-family homes, discusses how she views the intersection of her professional work, her community advocacy, and her fervent belief that Charlotte needs to build more dense housing developments if we are to solve our housing crisis.

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