Housing Authority Cheers Bond Vote

The High Point Enterprise, HIGH POINT — High Point Housing Authority leaders are a step closer to implementing their redevelopment plan for the Daniel Brooks Homes public housing complex.

City voters last week approved a $6.5 million general obligation bond issue to help fund construction of 100 affordable housing units on the site of the 77-year-old complex.

The Housing Authority is currently relocating Daniel Brooks residents to clear the way for demolition of the complex.

After that, Charlotte-based developer Laurel Street will begin work on the new units.

“We are very gratified to receive the community’s support of our plans to bring new, high-quality affordable housing to the Daniel Brooks Homes property,” said Housing Authority CEO Angela McGill. “The support of High Point’s citizens, the city of High Point, the (Housing Authority) Board of Commissioners, (U.S. Housing and Urban Development) and Laurel Street has been immeasurable, and we thank our residents in advance for their patience as we move forward with this transformative project.”

The housing authority has so far relocated 65 Daniel Brooks residents and is working with the remaining 171 occupants on various options, such as moves to other public housing sites or to the private market with the assistance of rental vouchers, according to agency spokeswoman Rachael Matthews.

The relocation process is expected to take until late 2020 or early 2021, and demolition will then start, Matthews said.

The Housing Authority has long sought to replace the aging complex with new affordable housing, and HUD this spring approved a $43 million relocation, demolition and redevelopment plan.

Construction of the new housing will begin in 2021.

“This housing will provide quality residential options that are affordable to households of varying income levels,” the housing authority stated in a news release. “It is expected that the relocated residents of Daniel Brooks Homes will have priority to return to the new housing if they choose to participate in HPHA’s Family Self-Sufficiency program. This program supports working families, disabled residents and seniors in their efforts toward independent, financial stability.”

After the first phase, Laurel Street will develop another 164 units “off-site,” bringing the total number of mixed-income rental units on and around the Daniel Brooks community to 264.

In addition to the city bond money, other funding sources for the redevelopment will include federal tax credit equity, commercial bank loans, and subsidies from the housing authority and HUD.

Laurel Street will be the “master developer” of the new communities. The firm previously partnered with the Housing Authority to develop Park Terrace Apartments over three phases on the site of the former Clara Cox Homes.

This article was originally posted in the High Point Enterprise.