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Developers work toward low income housing in Market Common

Published: Mar. 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) There are several new housing developments in the works around the Market Common, and now there are new plans in the works to bring affordable housing to the district. A local development company, Progress Builders, and representatives say they have applied for the state's low income housing tax credit program.

The space by Emory and Fred Nash Boulevard is already being cleared for some development. Progress Builders, LLC representatives say the affordable housing will look very similar to the affordable housing apartments off of Joe White Avenue right now. City officials have already made several changes to the plan for the Market Common district, from urban townhomes to a more suburban single family home feel.

They say this may be what Myrtle Beach needs, a diverse group of people living in the area to help it grow.

"In order for a city to thrive you really need a variety of housing opportunities for people to live in," said Allison Hardin with the City of Myrtle Beach Planning Department. "From affordable housing to the larger scale homes."

People living near the Market Common had a lot of opinions about the prospect of a new low income housing project. Some say the affordable housing will just bring affordable crime, and they've seen it happen before in other places.

"Not everybody who needs affordable housing is a bad person," said resident Murray Stahler. "But it does bring the ability to come here to steal the cars, break into things and so on. The things you really don't want in an area you spent top dollar to be in."

Others say the area should be open to everyone. "I think it's an open area that can be enjoyed by all people," said Cynthia Capitelli.

Representatives with the development company say they should hear back from the state's affordable housing program in August. If they do get approval, the next step is to obtain building permits with the city.

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