Stimulus money for affordable housing passes in Delray

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The city of Delray Beach is accepting $27 million in government stimulus money for a local developer; even though, some residents say, the plan for affordable housing is the worst thing for their city.

The city wouldn't be getting the money the developer would; instead, the city makes money in impact fees and property taxes.

The developer wants to tear down part of an affordable housing apartment rental building, called Auburn Trace Community, to build newer, more dense buildings to hold even more apartments.

The plan qualifies for stimulus money because it is "affordable" rental housing, but residents argue they want something different here. They want mixed use buildings with low and middle income rental and ownership properties. They say more apartments, when some are already vacant, will only bring the area down.

The Planning and Zoning Board unanimously voted no last week saying the developer's low income plan would quote "perpetuate poverty".

But the developer argues the project will be green and will bring construction jobs to the local economy. It plans to build a clubhouse, put in pavers, street lighting, metal roofs and hurricane impact windows.

In the end, the commission approved the project.