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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Housing Authority hopes to transform the Hillcrest community from a neighborhood of crime and violence to a new mixed-income neighborhood.

Today WHA Board members met with Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders to make their case on why competing for a multi-million dollar grant could revitalize the area. They say the grant would turn Hillcrest into a new neighborhood with senior living, public housing and market-value units.

“We have the opportunity for a Choice Community grant, but it will only work if everyone is together on this: the city, county, board of education, university, community college, non-profits churches, the business community. It’s a big undertaking,” WHA chair Jeff Hovis said.

Many people representing those groups to showed up to listen to development plans and ask questions.

Should* Hillcrest win the grant, development would start late next year.

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