Prospective homeowners in the Myers Park neighborhood may have been discouraged from buying after reading a sample deed saying only "people of the Caucasian race" could live there, according to a city report.
The report obtained by Paper Trail outlines the findings of fact behind news this week that the state and local NAACP are trying to reach a settlement with the Myers Park HOA in the dispute.
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Its conclusion is based on three points:
1. In October 2007, the MPHA website displayed the sample deed showing the restrictive covenant.
2. The site also showed as a statement saying the MPHA is dedicated to seeing that the deed restrictions are observed and enforced.
3. Prospective buyers may have been discouraged from looking for a home in Myers Park.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee on Dec. 8 found that the Myers Park Homeowners Association engaged in discriminatory conduct by posting on its web site a sample deed that included the decades-old clause.
The dispute could end up in court if the two sides don't reach some sort of agreement. The president of the HOA issued a public apology Monday, saying the group was trying to draw attention to construction-related restrictions and did not intend to discriminate.
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- Doug Miller