The Union Hill Civic Association declined to support a proposed development at Cedar and Mosby Streets as presented at tonights meeting.
Developer Ron Hunt and a team including architect Walter Parks presented details of the project. The 1st phase of a 2 phase project would see a 5 story building constructed north of Cedar Street. This 111 unit building would be 100% low income, and would not house students. To rent to one of the apartments, income would be capped at between $19,000-46,000/year. “Our residents will be employed”, said Hunt. The building would contain a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, and a fitness center available for community residents. Parks says that a comparable project is Old Manchester Plaza in 1000 block of Hull Street. The building would be committed to 15 years of being low-income housing. They hope to break ground in September.
The 2nd phase south of Cedar Street would be market rate housing. No start date is set for this due to difficulties arranging financing.
Concerns about project density and the 100% low income residency were echoed by many of the attendees. It was also shared that density can be beneficial, and that 500 new families would help support local services. A vast majority stated a preference for mixed income housing in the area, and many pointed to the nearby Jefferson Mews as an example a redevelopment that fit the scale of the neighborhood.