RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — A Florida developer’s proposal for 55 apartments near a Ballentine elementary school is creating a stir among those protesting what they call “low-income housing.”
Richland Councilman Bill Malinowski said this week that residents are concerned about their property values, over-burdened schools and traffic congestion.
The 55-unit complex, with apartments renting for $556 to $875 a month, would be built on Bickley Road, across from Ballentine Elementary School, by Wendover Housing of Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Funding by the S.C. Housing Finance and Development Authority won’t be decided until July, spokesman Clayton Ingram said.
The Bickley Road proposal is among 65 applications. Ingram said “16 or 17 tops” will receive funding, using tax credits.
“This is not ‘public’ or subsidized housing,” Ingram said by email. “These are nice units that fit into the surrounding community. The people who live here, if it gets built, will be the students and teachers at the school, the bus drivers, the nurses who look after them, and the police and firefighters who keep them safe.”
Malinowski said three other apartment complexes have been built nearby in recent years.