Neighbors Don't Want New Apartment Complex
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 21, 2003
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--Is it a clash of social classes, or a battle over property values?
Garfield Tower, a 14-story Pittsburgh Housing Authority apartment building, is slated to be demolished after its low-income residents have been moved out. Most of those residents are senior citizens. A few have their adult children with disabilities living with them.
Some would like to move down the road to a 3-story apartment complex -- planned to be completed by the summer of 2004 -- where their rent would continue to be subsidized by the city.
But some people who currently live in Stanton Heights, the area of the planned complex, are threatening to stop the building's development. They claim the complex would damage the appearance of their neighborhood, reduce housing values and bring more crime into their community. They want the developers to build a group of smaller bungalow style homes that would better fit with their middle-income neighborhood.
The president of the Stanton Heights group told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that she was suspicious about claims that people with mental or physical disabilities would be allowed to move into the complex with their parents.
"They say that to make them seem more docile," Joyce Meggerson-Moore is quoted as saying.