I'm disappointed with the Wilmington Planning Commission's unanimous decision in March of this year to deny a rezoning request that would have allowed for the building of an affordable senior housing apartment complex. That decision forced a vote this week by council that made necessary a super majority vote to overturn the decision. They got the majority but missed the super majority by one vote.
It is well documented that affordable housing is a major issue in the Cape Fear area, and specifically within the Wilmington city limits. Statistics indicate a large number of elderly are living in sub-standard housing and housing is costing many of them well over 35 percent of their fixed income.
The area in question is not actually in a neighborhood. It is on the lower end of 17th Street, near a shopping center, a pre-school and an assisted-living facility.
You wonder if nearby residents fighting this have a problem with older people? Probably not. I'm guessing it's the "low-income" nomenclature that causes them to be so adamant at keeping that complex away from anywhere near their neighborhoods. It's the old "not-in- my-backyard" axiom.
So what happened this week leaves our city planners and leaders with a few questions:
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I think you hit the nail right on the head here. Thanks.
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