Changing plan for housing brings concern

July 23, 1996|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF

Federal housing officials are expressing concern over Baltimore's new plan to exclude middle-income residents in the rowhouse communities that will replace the Lafayette Courts and Lexington Terrace housing projects.

"If Baltimore [housing officials are] changing their plans other than what was originally submitted, it gives me great concern," said Christopher Hornig, deputy assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

On Friday, Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III told The Sun that his original plan to move more socially and economically diverse residents into the new rowhouse communities was not feasible because developers doubted that middle-class people would buy houses in the area.

Hornig said that city housing officials have not submitted any changes to HUD -- a requirement because of a $22.7 million federal grant given to redevelop the aging housing projects.

Following a nationwide trend Baltimore was awarded federal money to demolish and then rebuild Lexington Terrace based on the plan that Baltimore housing officials would include middle-income residents to live side by side with low-income and poor residents.

Pub Date: 7/23/96

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