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Affordable housing along Durham transit line one step closer

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Durham City and County leaders voted Tuesday as part of a new light rail transit plan to make 15 percent of housing near each transit stop between Durham and Chapel Hill affordable housing.

Many in Tuesday's crowd were from the group "Durham Can." They held up signs, urging board members to make 15 percent of all housing at each transit stop to be affordable housing.

The planning department had suggested that 15 percent of housing overall along the transit route to be affordable, not 15 percent at each stop.

But the crowd did not want the housing lumped in one area, and ultimately the board members agreed.

A state law requires 15 percent of the housing near each stop be affordable housing, and supporters say it's an important step in cutting poverty.

"This is a first concrete step of bringing affordable housing, people who need transit to get to jobs, to get to churches and to get to appointments, to get to education, this is the first step," said Bo Glenn, member of Ad Hoc Coalition on Affordable Housing and Transit ... Supporting Affordable Housing Around the Transit Stations.

Elected leaders will take the new plan back to their boards to for a vote.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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