By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
The city of Lansing is at odds with a proposed new housing development project that will create affordable housing for some families.
Over the past two years, there has been a building, located at 1113 N. Washington Ave, that has been waiting to be turned in to a new low-income housing development. There has been a standstill because of the fact that council members feel that there might be some discrimination within the regulations for this housing project.
The head of the project, Dr. Sam Saboury, has been trying to find ways to get the project underway. In March, the Lansing City Council rejected Saboury’s request for a 4 percent Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT, which would have enhanced the prospect of securing the tax credit and being able to start the development.
At the meeting, many members addressed the tension between Mayor Virg Bernero’s office and the council. They all stated that they would love for the development to take place, however they want to make sure it isn’t a big mess in the long run.
Executive Directive of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition Julie Powers said that the 4-4 split vote against the project may “constitute illegal discrimination against low income individuals and families, especially people of color.”