Yvonne Long is the PHA Director of Modernization and Development. She says two community meetings are planned next week for neighbors of the properties, business owners and Taft residents.
“An open dialogue where if there are issues and concerns they can be addressed. But it also gives us the opportunity to share information about what our initiatives are and the families that we serve, so we can kind of demystify the perception of public housing residents or even what public housing is,” Long says.
The meetings are Wednesday at 6:00p.m. at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott and 5:30p.m. next Thursday at the Gateway building. The two properties would comprise about 80 units if approved.
The Jefferson property is owned by District 150 and the West lake property is privately held. Long says that no decisions will be made until the PHA hears from the public. Still, any action on the project won’t happen soon. The PHA did not get federal funding necessary for the Taft Redevelopment Plan.