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Durham apartments slated for redevelopment

Posted December 18, 2012 7:46 p.m. EST

— The Durham Housing Authority says it plans to demolish an apartment complex where dozens of families are being evicted and build a multi-income housing development in its place.

Residents of Lincoln Apartments on Lakeland Street received notices in September that the 78-unit complex was going out of business because of "unfavorable financial conditions."

Development Ventures Inc., a wholly owned development subsidiary of the Durham Housing Authority, acquired the apartment complex last Wednesday.

Dallas Parks, the Housing Authority's chief executive officer, said Tuesday that it plans to use a grant from Choice Neighborhood Initiatives to redevelop the property and surrounding area.

Work will begin in about a year or two, Parks said.

Residents, meanwhile, have until Jan. 2 to find another place to live.

Many have had problems finding new housing situations and are relying on help from the county and nonprofit groups to find housing.

Part of the difficulty has to do with current rent payments being lower than other places.

Parks said the Housing Authority plans to work with families who still need help.