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Cary Leaders Say Low-Income Housing Needed

Posted October 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Just one day after Carolina Power & Light pulled out of a project to build affordable apartments, town leaders in Cary say low income housing is good for the city's economy and will still be part of its future. CP&L announced it would not help finance the Cardiff Apartment project Wednesday after neighbors protested the proposal.

Leaders said this type of development is part of Cary's long-term plan for development. New businesses are continually opening up in Cary. Now the town's Chamber of Commerce says Cary must find new ways to create opportunities for low-income housing. Chamber President Howard Johnson says anyone who works in Cary should be able to afford to live there.

Diversity has never been Cary's trademark, but the Wake County School Board wants to see Cary's schools improve in that area. Assistant Superintendent of Wake County Auxiliary Services, Ray Massey, says adding low-income housing would help to balance the town's population.

There are, in fact, several low-income housing areas thriving in Cary. Cary Town Manager Bill Coleman says this type of housing will become a more common sight in Cary.

CP&L is working on another low-income housing project in the Green Level community. That project will create about 72 apartments. There have been no complaints about that proposal.

The property on Maynard road is zoned for multi-family homes, but there is no word yet on what other possibilities exist for the area.

Photographer:Ron Pittman