Should a Planned City Development at Durham Station Have All Affordable Housing?

Should a Planned City Development at Durham Station Have All Affordable Housing?

Durham City Council members on Thursday got an update on plans to build affordable housing next to the Durham Station transportation hub—but they still have decisions to make on what the development will look like.

A year ago, the city issued a request for proposals to develop the two-acre site, which is city-owned, stipulating that 80 percent of the apartments be set aside for tenants earning less than 60 percent of Durham’s median income. They got one proposal back, from DHIC Inc. and Self-Help Ventures.

Since then, the two groups, along with city staff and Cline Design Associates, have been trying to figure out how to design an attractive building that makes efficient use of the L-shaped lot, provides parking for tenants, makes the most of city dollars, and scores well on an application for low-income housing tax credits.…

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