Commission approves Monkey Junction affordable housing project

Rendering of the apartments presented at commission.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – County commissioners have allowed the work to begin on a more than 70 unit affordable housing project near Monkey Junction.

Commissioners voted 4-1 after lengthy debate and several back and forth from neighbors and the legal counsel representing the developer, Otter Creek Partners LLC.

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Seventy-two units are expected to come to a 7 acre piece of land off of Piner Road in Monkey Junction.

Neighbors complained the project would hurt their existing property values and bring more criminal behavior to the area. Several cited their past experiences with affordable housing, saying it brings in low-income neighbors.

Michael Lee represented the developer and argued all of those issues are subjective and lacked any expert evidence. The commission overall agreed but commissioner Rob Zapple argued there were present traffic concerns along Piner Road and the complex could makeĀ  them worse.

Commissioners granted a special use permit that can allow the developer to move forward.