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Low income apartments planned for Norton Commons concerns some neighbors

Developers are planning for a 21-unit apartment inside Norton Commons. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Developers are planning for a 21-unit apartment inside Norton Commons. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Cathy Hinko (Source: WAVE 3 News) Cathy Hinko (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jim and Paige Massey (Source: WAVE 3 News) Jim and Paige Massey (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A low income housing development is in the works for Norton Commons and some neighbors are not happy about it. 

Developers are planning for a 21-unit apartment inside Norton Commons.

A Norton Commons spokesman said this apartment community will bring new options to working families and others and follows the neighborhood master plan, providing different housing opportunities that are accessible to all.

“It is wonderful for every part of the community to be able to have some economic diversity,” Metropolitan Housing Coalition Executive Director Cathy Hinko said.

Hinko said believes this new development would provide people who work at Norton Commons a home nearby.

The developer, Kersey & Kersey Architects, said to qualify residents must make 50 percent to 60 percent of the neighborhood median income, which for a family of four would be about $33,000 to $40,000 a year.

“All the restaurants are upscale, they are expensive,” Norton Commons’ resident Paige Massey said.

“There is no daycare available, there is a Y over here, but they close at lunch time.”

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“This is not set up for success,” Norton Commons’ resident Jim Massey said. “The accessibility to the resources that people need to live here, they aren't here.”
 
Jim and Paige Massey have lived in Norton Commons for three years. They feel there hasn't been good communication about the project. Jim Massey said in order to get accurate information about the project, he had to file open record requests to the city and the state. Now he is spearheading a group representing dozens of neighbors who have the same concerns.

Since the Kentucky Housing Corporation provides the funding, the developer said 15 percent of tenant preference should come from the Olmstead Community or people with mental disabilities.  

That's what worries the Masseys the most.

“You don't know what the impact will be on the community,” Jim Massey said. “You don't know what the risks are with the Olmstead population, it's the unknown.”

“I understand that people invest and they are concerned, but then you really have to hit the books and see if you are making up a false concern,” Hinko said.

Massey hopes to meet with city officials to discuss the project further.

The developer said they hope to start construction this November.

Norton Commons spokesman Tyler Glick released the following statement:

"Since its inception, the Norton Commons Master Plan calls for an inclusive, mixed-use community. Norton Commons continues to fulfill that vision through the development of many different housing opportunities in the community that are accessible to all. The development office mandates that builders and buyers comply with all applicable neighborhood rules, homeowners' association assessments, guidelines, and architectural standards. The 21-unit apartment community as proposed by Kersey & Kersey Architects meets all those requirements, and will bring new options to working families and others. Norton Commons operates within the Federal Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act, and all applicable non-discriminatory
laws and practices. Norton Commons cannot and will not discriminate."

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