Split Opinion Over Proposed Low Income Housing Development

WILKES-BARRE – Residents who live in the Rolling Mill Hill section of the city have mixed opinions about a proposed low income housing complex.

The proposed project property along Dana and Grove Streets is owned by the Wyoming Valley Health & Education Foundation.

Officials said two dilapidated homes have already been demolished, and the former First Hospital Wyoming Valley is the next to go.

Representatives of Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic in Lancaster told Newswatch 16 that it wants to build a community for 56 low-income families.

Unlike another troubled housing complex in the Diamond City, the developer says it will not pursue federal subsidies.

Some residents in the neighborhood have signed a petition against the idea.

“It`s quite a neighborhood. I want to keep it this way,” said Dan Hadvance. “The low income housing and whatever they want to put up, I just don`t want it period. I just don`t believe they`re going to do what they say.”

Other residents said they’re glad to see the blight go, but they don’t want another low-income housing development to move in.

“There`s more than enough trouble around here,” said Shawn Smith. “We’re trying to keep the trouble out of Wilkes-Barre, we don`t need more.”

Another neighbor whose home is surrounded by the property said he’s in favor of the development.

“Their property line is right here, see this driveway where my car is at. That`s their property,” said Gary Nash. “The way they describe it, I like it. It`s not subsidized housing.”

Officials with the developer said the project is years away from a reality, and the next step is a zoning hearing set for next Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre.

10 comments

  • wtf

    It really depends on their definition of “low income”. Is it regular folks with minimum wage jobs or welfare? That area doesn’t need anymore welfare queens with 10 kids from 10 men.

  • joe

    I have some good news for you. None of us same sex couples are going to move there and harm your neighborhood. We don’t like street crime either.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Here comes another Sherman hills!!! Low income people get BRAND NEW BUILDINGS ON OUR DIMES!!! It’s way past time to put an end to this nonsense. Put em on the street!!! Maybe they’ll get a job and stop reproducing kids the can’t feed and don’t love to begin with!

    • ryry

      You apparently didn’t read the article… No money will be coming from federal subsidies. So its not a penny of YOUR money. Its a housing development, like town houses. Also, Its a lot nicer than whats there now. Affordable housing doesn’t always mean project houses. They are a non-profit organization, who make beautiful homes for people who have jobs, but don’t make thousands a month to afford exorbitant rent. If you click on “Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic” in the story it takes you to their website.

    • ryry

      Food for thought:
      One of their “South Side Lofts” properties is a 2 bedroom apartment (1 Full Bath 740-1339 s/f) is $705 or $860 per month located in Bethlehem, PA.

      • Ed

        I’ve heard conflicting information on the Section 8 Vouchers… a spokesman from the development co. was quoted as saying they would not be accepting section 8 vouchers for this development. I believe it was in response to the Citizens Voice article. So not sure either way.

    • Proud Druggie

      With the shutting down of Port Tavern in Willysport, I can take a ride to WB and get my stuff now.

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