WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Housing Authority has discovered asbestos in the Creekwood neighborhood, making the cost of a $14 million renovation project a little more expensive.
Resident Jennifer Wilson said she's not surprised to learn a recent asbestos survey found levels at Creekwood to be higher than they should. She says she's dealt with toxins in her apartment for several years and have complained about it to the Wilmington Housing Authority a number of times.
All 138 units in the neighborhood were already scheduled for renovations to be done in three phases. The recent discovery of the asbestos now drives up the cost of those improvements.
Officials with the Wilmington Housing Authority said the asbestos will be abated and the units will be completely gutted during the renovation process.
Creekwood residents will have to move to a temporary location while the renovations are being done. How this move will pan out has not yet been discussed with residents. The housing authority plans to hold a meeting soon to keep everyone in Creekwood updated.