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New Wilmington community will provide affordable housing

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new state award will provide affordable housing for hundreds of Wilmington residents in a few years.

Construction for the Taylor West housing community in downtown Wilmington will begin in February 2010.

The community will house 48 families will live in 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments.  It will house as many as 240 residents and feature mature oak trees, plentiful parking, a community building.

Next door is the Robert R. Taylor complex, which is also part of the housing authority.

The project is funded through a state tax credit award of about $5 million to Wilmington's Housing and Economic Opportunities Incorporated.

Housing officials said its their focus to build a model community for the future.

"A lot of housing community authorities including the Wilmington housing authority owned or at a time have owned very densely packed and populated affordable housing communities, so putting affordable housing such as this on the market certainly is the way of the future," said Wilmington Housing Authority CEO Michael Krause.

Leasing will begin in the winter of 2011 for income qualified families.

Interested families can call (910)341-7700 or visit www.wha.net for more information.

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