WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A proposal for a new housing development right beside two other affordable housing complexes has been denied.
The developer planned to build a mixed use complex including 78 units for senior citizens on Kornegay Avenue. However, the Wilmington City Planning Commission has voted 4 to 1 to deny the zoning request for the mixed-use complex.
Wilmington Police have been concerned about another housing complex going up so close to two existing affordable housing complexes.
Wilmington Police Spokeswoman Linda Thompson says the proposed complex backs up to Creekwood and Cypress Cove, two affordable housing complexes.
Thompson says they’ve had three times the number of calls for service in this area. In 2019, she says they’ve had more than 300 calls for service just in Cypress Cove.
She says the department worries that putting in even more housing in an area that is already so densely populated will lead to an even higher number of calls.
“We already have some affordable housing, new construction, in and around this area, probably within less than a mile, of some construction that’s already there,” Thomspon said. “Already, we’ve seen three times the number of calls for service of apartment complexes this size.”
Developer Matt Scharf says plans are actually not for another affordable housing complex.
He says their plans include a total of 78 units for seniors at a market rate. Scharf says they initially proposed a total of 100 units, but the Wilmington City Planning Commission recommended they bring that number down to that of a lower density.
Scharf says the complex would not receive any government subsidies or tax credits, unlike affordable housing complexes.
Wilmington Police also support designating the housing complex for seniors. Thompson says they also support affordable housing, but do not think it should all be in such a small area.