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Cary's Fight Against Low-Cost Housing is Over

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CARY — The planned development of low-cost apartments in an affluent Caryneighborhood is dead. The project had its corporate financial rug pulledout from under it Tuesday afternoon. That's exactly what neighbors livingin the Weatherstone Sub-Division wanted to see happen.

Carolina Power and Light has been working on the project since January,but a lot of opposition from neighbors has prompted the electric companyto pull the plug on the Cardiff Park apartment complex.

"At this time, because of the counter-response we are getting from thecommunity at large, it is not in the best interest of CP&L or Cary to makethis investment," says CP&L representative Don Dixon.

The 230 unit complex would have sat across from the Weatherstonesubdivision. About 40% of the apartments would have had below-marketrates to renters with qualifying income.

Project opponents expressed relief about the decision knowing theirconcerns about school overcrowding and home values in Weatherstone.

Resident Joe Thomas believes it's important that the community realizethat if you don't want something in your backyard because it's going toaffect your community and your family, it's important to do somethingabout it.

Opponents also say they applaud CP&L for keeping its word on the wholething. All along CP&L has said if the project wasn't right for Cary, itwould get out of it.

Right now, it's back to the drawing board for the power company. CP&Lsays it will search for other sites for the project, but as of Tuesday,nothing new was on the horizon.

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