Frisco city council members sided with opponents of a proposed affordable housing complex Tuesday night.
Terri Anderson, president of Coppell-based Anderson Development & Construction LLC, requested a letter of support from Frisco as part of an application for $1.5 million under the state’s Housing Tax Credit program, which awards federal tax incentives to developments that offer rents at below-market rates.
The proposed project, called Westridge Villas, would be built on about five acres of land near the intersection of Westridge Boulevard and Custer Road.
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However, dozens of residents oppose the project because of its proximity to other homes and businesses and its location on a two-lane road.
“It’s a two-lane road there, and that's how a majority of parents take their kids to school. Even those residents, if they have children living in the multi-family housing, they're going to have to be going down that road with the traffic to the elementary school and it's just not safe,” said Deidrea Laux, one of several residents who spoke to the city council.
Late Tuesday, the council voted not to give a letter of support to the developer. While the decision doesn’t stop the project, it could make it more difficult for the developer to receive federal tax incentives through the state’s Housing Tax Credit program.