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What's the Future for Low-Income Housing in Cary?

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Some residents of the Weatherstone subdivision protested against  nearby low-income development.
CARY — Some Cary residents' rally cry of "not in mybackyard" was heard loud and clear by one corporation trying to financelow income housing there. CP & Lwasgoing to help finance anapaartment complex near the Weatherstone subdivision, but after residentscomplained the plan was scrapped.

So will there ever be low-income housing in the area? There are plansin the works to bring more low-income housing to Cary. Town leaders saythe fact that the proposed Cardiff Apartments will not be built does notmean there will be no such projects in the future.

Weatherstone residents cited the potential for increased crime, schoolovercrowding and a drop in their property values as reasons they didn'twant the complex to go up. But Town Manager Bill Coleman says housing thatis affordable to those with low incomes is needed in Cary. He says population growth requires it and it is needed to attract more business tothe town.

Howard Johnson, President of the Cary Chamber of Commerce, says therewill be future sites chosen that will be more acceptable.

The income regulation established for the Cardiff Park apartmentsstated that a single person had to make $21,000 or less a year in order toqualify for occupancy. The limit for a family of four was $31,000 or less.The apartments would have ranged in price from $565 per month for a twobedroom to $644 per month for a three bedroom apartment.

There are already some low-income developments in Cary. One iscurrently being built on Green Level Road which is being financed by CP &L.

Photographer:Ron Pittman

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