HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville Housing Authority approved two new public housing sites that will house up to 80 families. One of those is on Winchester Road across from the Missionary Baptist Church, and the other is off of Research Park Boulevard between Alabama 53 and Blake Bottom Road.
Each of the housing units will have room for 40 families. The more than $9 million price tag will be paid for with money made from selling the former Council Courts public housing and low income tax credits.
This decision follows multiple heated public forums where people nearby voiced concerns about the units. Many worried about crime rates going up and property values going down. The board did hear more public comments today after the vote from the board.
"I would say that if you think about it, I think absolutely their voices were heard," said HHA Executive Director, Michael Lundy."
Lundy said after hearing concerns about traffic problems near Research Park Blvd., the developer decided to add a deceleration lane. They've also decided to have live-in, on-site management to address crime and image concerns.
"They're professionally managed. They have a one strike and you're out. It is a tight run organization," said Mike Maloney, a Huntsville man who supports the decision.