|Published:||May 13, 2010 5:00 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 13, 2010 5:00 AM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - It's neighbors against neighbors in Lehigh Acres. Affordable housing is moving into a community, and most people living there now want it gone. They were heard at a meeting Wednesday night with the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Committee.
The housing is at the intersection of Beth Stacey Boulevard and Camelot Gardens Boulevard.
Nearly 100 people crowd in a room, signs in hand.
"We have a nice area and we don't want to see it ruined."
Most, to let the Community Planning Committee in Lehigh know - the town homes are not wanted in the neighborhood.
"It's going to bring crime to our area. We don't need anymore crime than we already have here. Our property values are down now and they're going to go even lower once they open that up."
The homes break down to about $80,000 a unit. Jack Reynolds told listeners - that is more than what his house is worth.
"I don't feel that's fair."
But not everyone is against the affordable housing project.
"I think a lot of people recognize that there is a need. They have family members or they themselves are experiencing difficulty due to the economy."
One man already living here said filling the town homes up, may force him to move out.
"If push comes to shove, I'll leave this town and go back to Orlando."
The county said they will run background checks on whoever moves in here and will keep the area clean. People are expected to move in by the end of summer.
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