Several Carrboro Board of Aldermen members raised concerns about affordable housing in the new Shelton Station development while discussing their economic development report at Tuesday's meeting.
Shelton Station sits on North Greensboro Street in Carrboro. It is a mixed-use development, with 22,716 square feet of commercial space and 94 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Of those 94 residences, 19 are allotted as affordable housing units.
At the Board of Aldermen meeting, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said she was eager to add these affordable housing units to Carrboro.
“In the permit we’ve specified requirement of a certain number of affordable housing,” she said.
There was some confusion, however, around the qualifications for affordable housing and what tenants would meet the benchmarks to live there.
“There’s a disagreement over what fair numbers are,” said Jacquelyn Gist, a member of the Board of Aldermen.
Town of Carrboro Planning Director Trish McGuire clarified that 10 percent of the units were to be affordable for people at 60 percent of the median income, and another 10 percent affordable to those at 80 percent of the median income. The median household income for Carrboro is $53,513, according to Data USA.
“The question now is figuring out what the fair market rent is,” she said.
Since the units are for rent and not for purchase, McGuire said they’re working on factoring in utilities to determine the correct definition of "affordable."