Affordable housing in Chapel Hill has been hard to come by in recent years for both students and residents, but that problem is one the Town Council hopes to correct.
The council took a step toward that goal with its approval of a 180-unit development, set for construction early next year, with 24 of those units set aside for affordable housing.
The developers at Davis & Sons Construction of Gainesville, Fla., plan for students and lower income individuals to live side by side in the Chapel Ridge development.
"(All the units will be) integrated into six different buildings at the town's request," said David Stockman, development coordinator for Davis & Sons.
The development will be on Airport Road, west of Northfield Drive and south of Brookstone Apartments.
Developers Davis & Sons originally envisioned the development as primarily student housing, but the Chapel Hill Town Council was unwilling to approve necessary zoning changes without at least 15 percent of the units designated for affordable housing.
The eventual ordinance was not without controversy, with Joyce Brown, Bill Strom and Jim Ward voting against it in the council's Nov. 27 meeting.
Ward expressed concerns about safety at the development.