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Raleigh approves 48-unit development

Posted May 15, 2013

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— Raleigh City Councilors Tuesday approved a funding request for a Southwest Raleigh affordable housing community during a special City Council meeting.

DHIC applied for joint venture funding from the city for a $750,000 loan, which was approved unanimously by the City Council after a neighborhood meeting and discussion during a special Comprehensive Planning Committee meeting.

The special meetings were held so that DHIC could meet state deadlines for tax credits that make the property financially viable.

More than 50 members of the community attended the meeting; it had to be moved to the City Council chambers from its original location in a conference room in order to accommodate everyone.

Affordable housing developer DHIC intends to build a 48-unit community at 2904 Tryon Road for families who make less than 60 percent of Raleigh’s average median income — about $45,000 a year for a family of four. The development will have one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The project came under fire by area residents, who said that this would be the fourth affordable housing property within a mile.

As with all affordable housing projects, the application was evaluated using the City’s Scatter Site Policy, which ranks areas of the city for affordable housing.

Areas with less affordable housing are ranked higher than areas with more.

While the DHIC project received a low score because of its location near other like communities, its overall score was high enough for city staff to consider it for funding.

Councilor Russ Stephenson said he thinks the project was evaluated correctly and that it is a higher-quality project that what the market would put on the same site.

The site’s zoning allows for residential projects, as well as office and retail uses.

DHIC, he said, also conducts more strict background checks of potential residents than the open market.

Councilors also asked that staff review the Scatter Site Policy and come back with recommendations about how it can be improved.

Residents’ concerns with parking, traffic and idling buses have been referred to the Public Works Committee for more discussion.

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  • IPayYouPay May 21, 2013

    Hey, there's always a little green space left. Keep building and building and soon there won't be any left. Please don't take my front yard; I like it too much.

  • usedtoloveraleigh May 16, 2013

    As previously stated, we HAVE to hold City Council Members & Mayor responsible for what they have done!!

    They have no answers for how they violate policy! It is time for some answers!

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2013

    "In essence, a healthy organism (the neighborhood) was injected with a lethal virus (the low-cost housing). Time to move again, I guess."

    Yep. A family member unfortunately bought a property in an area that is rapidly deteriorating. At the time, I advised this person not to make the purchase. I pointed out the area was changing and it was not changing for the better. That family member wishes she had listened to my advice. She is working on getting out of there, but will likely have to take a loss on the property in order to get out. I told her losing some money was preferable to losing her life. The good news is, once that area is truly destroyed, they can bulldoze the properties and build some more projects.

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2013

    So once again the people that are paying the bills have it stuck to them by another group of foolish leftists. Affordable housing is: YOU EARN ENOUGH INCOME to qualify for a mortgage on a home that is selling at its market value. Anything else, essentially is just more rip off of the taxpayer. Sadly people living in Raleigh continue to be saddled with people that have the kind of mentality that made Detroit such a success.

  • peace2u May 16, 2013

    Face it folks: the GA and the City Council is bought and paid for.

  • peace2u May 16, 2013

    I moved to this area 13 years ago to get away from problems associated with section 8 housing. Even with a police substation in the neighborhood, crime went up dramatically after the low-cost housing was occupied. The increase in crime had an immediate negative impact on local property values. The adjoining neighborhood was destabilized as people opted to move out in order to get away from the crime, loitering and vandalism. In essence, a healthy organism (the neighborhood) was injected with a lethal virus (the low-cost housing). Time to move again, I guess.

  • usedtoloveraleigh May 16, 2013

    The N&O's article on Sunday highlights the true embarassment that the City Council members are to this city. They should absolutely be ashamed and humiliated over this.

    Stephenson's comment at the end of the hearing summarized it all... "We are going to go out on a limb here, and approve this project. Mr. Warren (developer), I need you to shine like a diamond."

    This is ridiculous, as they clearly violated existing policy and taxpayers rights. There is no excuse for them to not be held accountable for their actions!

    Where is '5 On Your Side' at? This is an article for them!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh May 16, 2013

    "Don't worry... City Councilors are too busy to even understand scattered site policy!! They are too busy worrying about their parking spots, and which ones belong to who!! Raleigh City Council is an atrocity...

    The Raleigh City Manager was just fired for not dealing with city council's parking spot reservations in a timely manner.... BECAUSE HE IS TOO BUSY CLOSING ON A DEAL FOR DORTHEA DIX!! A TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLAR DEAL!! Excuse me councilors for not reserving your parking spots, but I had better things to accomplish..." - usedtoloveraleigh

    :-) I do still love raleigh, but you may be right. When elected officials stop serving their constituents, it is likely time to go.

    It should be noted that it was Randy Stagner, as documented by the N&O, who was the instigator in the firing of the city manager over parking spots,and is also the one blocking the bridge over Glenwood at Crabtree, despite hundreds of constituents requesting his support.

  • Terkel May 16, 2013

    I disagree that Section 8 housing should be scattered. Just as with busing, it doesn't bring "the disenfranchised" up, it brings the incumbents down.

    Sure, the applicants may or may not be checked out thoroughly, but how do you control their visitors and family who (on paper, anyway) don't live there? You can't.

    "Time to give people a chance to succeed." "People" were offered a free education, and that's the path to success. How many threw it away because of their cultures and/or leaders (cough BARBER AND NAACP cough), which tell them they shouldn't have to lift a finger in life because they're victims?

    Raise your hand if you want Section 8 housing next door.

  • usedtoloveraleigh May 16, 2013

    Don't worry... City Councilors are too busy to even understand scattered site policy!! They are too busy worrying about their parking spots, and which ones belong to who!! Raleigh City Council is an atrocity, and should be ashamed of their actions.

    The Raleigh City Manager was just fired for not dealing with city council's parking spot reservations in a timely manner.... BECAUSE HE IS TOO BUSY CLOSING ON A DEAL FOR DORTHEA DIX!! A TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLAR DEAL!! Excuse me councilors for not reserving your parking spots, but I had better things to accomplish...

    Time to wake up and get some people into office that actually know what is happening, willing to listen to their constituents, and that can actually follow established policy...

    Elections are this year... make them answer these questions before voting, because they sure have no answers for them now....

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