Chapel Hill and Carrboro are teaming up with the non-profit CASA to build an affordable housing development on South Merritt Mill Road.
CASA is an affordable housing developer that works throughout the Triangle purchasing, rehabbing and constructing low-cost homes. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen approved CASA's request to rezone the Merritt Mill property on March 27 to allow for the high density construction of the affordable housing complex.
The three story, 48 unit apartment will straddle the border between Chapel Hill and Carrboro and serve a variety of income levels. Many of the units will be for households making up to 60 percent of the area median income.
The development will be located on a free bus line and will be walkable from Downtown Carrboro and Downtown Chapel Hill. It will feature a play area for children and a clubhouse.
“As with other CASA developments, our goal is that if there’s any reason that our property looks different on the block, it’s because it’s better than what else is there,” said Jess Brandes, CASA’s housing developer. “We want our properties to look great and a place that everybody wants to live. We want our tenants to love their home and take pride in their home, and stay there for years and years.”