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Cary Leaders Say Low-Income Housing Needed

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

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

Diversity has never been Cary's trademark, but the Wake County SchoolBoard wants to see Cary's schools improve in that area. AssistantSuperintendent of Wake County Auxiliary Services, Ray Massey, says addinglow-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 amore common sight in Cary.

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

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

Photographer:Ron Pittman

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