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Nesbitt Court redevelopment stalled

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WILMINGTON--Nesbitt Court was built back in the 1930's as one of the premiere housing developments in Wilmington. Now the Wilmington Housing Authority has to make a decision on what to do with the dilapidated property. In March, the state Housing Finance Agency denied an investor's request for a tax credit, to help him front the money to rebuild Nesbitt Court. Housing Authority Commissioner Bo Dean says the credit was declined because of Hess oil tanks directly across the street from Nesbitt Court. Dean plans to bring the request before the state again for reevaluation. He says with the state of the economy, providing affordable housing in Wilmington is critical. "When you're trying to support children, when you look at the cost of health care, when you look at the cost of gas, some people don't understand the full story," Dean said. "But those that do certainly are advocates and understand the need for affordable housing." If WHA's request is denied again, there is the option of selling the property to a developer. The housing authority could use the money to expand or improve current housing developments. As for those that see Nesbitt court as an eyesore, Dean has this message: "The community just has to hang in there with us."

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Public Housing

Sorry, I meant NC (for Nesbitt Court not NB) in my previous post.

Public Housing

Wasn't public housing set up to be temporary; to aid families that are struggling for a short term, to allow them to save and get back on their feet? I don't mind public housing if that is what it is used for, but for 10 generations of family to be there is a bit long, don't you think? It does not take that long to get back on your feet!!! Give each family a year, allow job and job search training, teach child-rearing skills, basic money management skills, a little economic education and then after a year if they have not taken advantage of all those things and moved out....Eviction!!!

Public Housing

When My parents divorced in 61 my mother didn't have a great deal of choices as to where we'd live supporting us as a waitress in places that don't even exist there anymore. It took her over 3 years and a remarriage years later to get us above the poverty level. Many a Christmas would have been fairly dismall had it not been for the local JayCees that came around with food and a few presents. If public housing or Nesbitt Court hadn't existed at the time I'm sure it wouldv'e taken much longer ,we were never on welfare but if not for NB might well have been homeless for a time. In my stay there I remember hard working people, with pride. The place was clean. Everyone mowed their own lawn with a push mower supplied by the project, and I know of no one that had planned to live there permanently. The only advantage we ever took of NB was that it was there. I don't know if they're (whoever) is planning on rebuilding the site or another one but affordable housing will always be needed by some regardless of the majority economy. "For ye have the poor always with you.." [MT.26:11] And you're right, if you're suggesting that the nature of such a project should not be of a manner that would make the occupants dependant on it any longer than need be but even when I lived there we had a fan (no AC) ,heat..and even little entertainment, little compared to today..a TV (BW) with one station (WECT Ch.6...that's all there was at the time)and were comfortable for the most part. The problem would be for a family not to save and do without some things till they could move up which some young single parent families find hard to deal with. They see it as a 'catch 22'. My biggest concern however, are the very old and others (for various reasons) ..on fixed incomes..some of these folks had to 'trade down' but they deserve to have an affordable living space as much as anyone.

Nesbitt Courts

BTW..William Hooper School was built in 1914, hope they never tear it down unless they have to.

Nesbitt Courts

When I first moved to Nesbitt Courts in 62 they were already quite old (from the 30's opened in 40) and have many fond memories of the old place. I walked to school there with my brothers, I understand William Hooper School is no longer as well. Coming home early from that school one day in 63 I reached the back door of our apt (3-G) and our elderly neighbor behind us came running out of her apt screaming that someone had killed the president. I realised then why we'd been let out of school early. I also remember in 65 when they erected the 'senior section' in the middle square taking away our old playground. We moved a year later, glad they got another one. The first death I ever witnessed was a little girl we use to play with that was hit by a driver there on Greenfield street crossing the road to a little store where we used to buy candy. I noticed a cross in that courtyard on google earth, but it's in the wrong spot, someone else I suppose. I guess the old place has to go..but I sure hope someone takes a few pics.

Eyesore

Nesbitt Court was an eyesore when it was operational and functional...That has never changed!!!

Nesbitt cts

Nesbitt Cts needs to be torn down. the excuse about Hess being across from it Should not have anything to do with it not being torn down. I always found that development a very trashy place to look at. There should be more public houses for low to moderate income families.

Nesbitt Court

I would like to see something nice go up there. We have enough public housing around our lake area.

re: Nesbitt Court

I agree...if they're going to build something they should build affordable low income housing - like Sunset South. Make the people living there owners and they'll take care of it. Putting up more public housing just means that it'll turn into a future crap-hole and you'll attract the low income families with 10 kids and cars fancier than even in my neighborhood.

Good Point

That's right, the lake area deserves more consideration. Greenfield Lake is a beautiful and unique recreational area, and wildlife haven, that has been neglected and unappreciated in the past. Fortunately that is changing. Yet when I walk the "lake loop" I do notice that much more floating and lakeside trash, even graffiti, adorns the area adjacent to public housing. Some walkers avoid the area all together, by taking a shortcut over a bridge located just before the stretch. I don't feel it necessary to do this, but it does tell me something. And remember, there is a difference between affordable housing and public housing, like it or not.