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DCA Officers

President:  Valerie Preston

Past President:  Nathan Leehman

Vice President:  Franklin Keathley

Treasurer:  Courtenay Buchan

Secretary:  Matthew Loveland

DCA Board Members

Term Expires 2023

Ellen Citarella

Sarah Curme

Keely Edwards

John Gresham

Liz Lewis

Benson Okeiyi

Term Expires 2024

John Fryday

Sis Kaplan

Franklin Keathley

Nathan Leehman

Fran Miller

Thomas Walker

Term Expires 2025

Cindy Zachary

Term Expires 2027

Amanda Blackburn

Courtenay Buchan

Chrishon McManus

Matthew Loveland

Valerie Preston

Theresa Rosa

Dilworth Community Association


Our Story

Beginning in 1891 as Charlotte’s first street car neighborhood, Dilworth was a special place to live, but by the 1960’s Dilworth was fighting to overcome years of blight and decay. In the late 60’s, the original Dilworth Community Development Association was formed to prevent further deterioration and encourage a focus on our inner city neighborhood at a time when city planners were focused on the suburbs. From its loosely organized roots, the DCDA grew to serve the larger Dilworth neighborhood, electing its first group of officers and board members 1971. It has been working for Dilworth ever since.

Since that time the DCDA worked to see housing codes enforced, zoning and land use modifications made that were appropriate to an inner city neighborhood, and rallied for preservation and rejuvenation of the neighborhood’s rich store of houses and commercial buildings. The DCDA continued to work  to reduce the conflict between commercial development and our neighborhood, to encourage political activism, to ensure that elected officials understand the importance of preserving the Dilworth Community, and to work to continue the development of ‘community’ within this special neighborhood which has a unique place in Charlotte’s history. 


In view of the DCDA’s achievements in restoring and (re-)developing Dilworth since its deterioration in the 1970s the board decided it was time to remove “development” from the name of the association in 2014 so that now we are the DCA: the Dilworth Community Association.

Response to Recent Media Coverage

Dilworth is a historic district and the neighborhood has been concerned about saving the Leeper & Wyatt building since the property owner filed for demolition on December 8, 2021.  Subsequently the DCA has collaborated with 3 different developers in an effort to save the historic building.  Since we began working with the petitioner the DCA has consistently maintained that we want to save the building and abide by the ordinance.  The DCA and the Dilworth neighbors support saving the Leeper & Wyatt building.  


The petition presented at the Council Hearing on Monday, September 18 did not include the technical revisions required by Planning Staff per the UDO. The language regarding the 10 leased off-site parking places was unenforceable.  The DCA's request on Monday night was simply to include lease language that is enforceable. The DCA has not opposed any other exception requested by the petitioner and is asking the petitioner to continue to cooperate with us and the Planning Staff in order to save the Leeper & Wyatt building.

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