Taylortown Rejects Apartments for Low-Income Elderly
Taylortown’s Town Council has declined to consider a request that it rezone or de-annex a section of town to make way for a low-income housing development for the elderly.
Julie Shea Sutton on Tuesday asked the council to consider making the change. She wanted apartments that would be energy efficient and be equipped with emergency call buttons. Ten percent of the units would be fully handicapped-accessible, Sutton said.
“It was conveyed to me that there was not support on this council for this development. It would serve a great need in Moore County,” she told council members. “There have been no affordable senior apartments built to accommodate that need.”
She wanted the council to rezone a piece of property she said was not suitable for commercial development.
“I would ask you all tonight to give it every consideration for 10 to 12 units; that would enable us to develop the back portion — the 5.64-acre portion — on Murdocksville Road, the portion in the rear that has the large pond and is not suitable for commercial use now,” Sutton said.
“The development would be a three-story building with condominium-style apartments. Again, if you decline rezoning this property, I would ask that you make a motion to de-annex just the back portion and allow the village of Pinehurst to proceed forward with annexing.”
Mayor Ulysses Simpson Grant Barrett Jr. asked if anyone on the council had any comment to make. None did.
“We are not going to take any action on that,” the mayor said.
“The preliminary tax credit application is due in January,” she said. “If I do not have a motion from the council, with all the due diligence and the paperwork required, it would be impossible to move forward with a federal and state tax credit application.”
Patiently, the mayor told her there was no chance the council would do as she asked.
“We are not going to take any action on this,” Barrett said.
“Your inaction — unfortunately — is shuttering the project,” she said. “I would ask the council members to …”
“Look,” the mayor said. “You are exceeding your three minutes. We have made it clear that we don’t have the council support, and our opinion has not changed. So, I thank you for your comments, and you have had your three minutes.”
In other matters, Police Chief Schirra Johnson warned council members about seasonal crimes, particularly things that can happen to shoppers. He passed out crime prevention tips to help shoppers deal with the unique dangers of the season.
“Since last Friday there has been an increase in crime from snatch and grabs,” Johnson told the council. “There is just a lot of crime going on from the shopping. People getting their Christmas gifts, going to the car, leaving them in the car, going on back to the store, come back, the window is broken and the gifts are gone.”
He declined to provide specifics or say if the incidents had happened at the Olmsted Village shopping center.
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