US Senator Hagan visits Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - United States Senator Kay Hagan was in Wilmington Monday to see how stimulus money will be spent.

North Carolina will be receiving more than $6 billion through the President's stimulus bill.

The Wilmington Housing Authority will be getting a little more than $3 million of those funds.

Senator Hagan visited Nesbitt Court, an abandoned housing project in Wilmington, that will receive about $1.5 million of stimulus money.

"Typically, when you see something like that [Nesbitt Court] it attracts more vandalism and effects a larger part of the neighborhood," said Hagan. "If we can get rid that it would be better for the community."

Demolishing the neighborhood could also bring jobs to Wilmington.

"When you think we could build more single family homes, that's going to put people back to work, that's going to put construction work to use. It's going to create jobs," said the Senator.

"Because of what you and others are doing for us in Washington, we now have money available to bring about affordable housing, and it's going to create an economic engine that will help our communities," said Bo Dean in a statement.

Dean, who is chairman on the Housing Authority Board, says the stimulus money will also go towards other projects.

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