Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Residents weigh gentrification, affordable housing in Crossroads - Gazette

Redevelopment would maintain same level of low-income homes, planning officials say

by Jeremy Arias | Staff Writer | Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Residents advised planners last week to maintain current affordable housing levels in the redevelopment of the Takoma/Langley Crossroads during a presentation of the Montgomery County plan.

In the first presentation to the public following a favorable review from the Montgomery County Planning Board on April 9, residents May 13 seemed most concerned with what steps were being taken to assure that the area would neither be flooded with lower-income affordable housing applicants nor gentrified by unchecked increases in housing prices.

Planners hope to develop the five major shopping centers in the Crossroads into mixed-use retail and housing centers located around the sites of two planned transit centers for the proposed Purple Line, a 16-mile mass transit system that planners say is the key to sparking development.

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