On Saturday, June 23rd, the Chapel Hill community came together to celebrate the creation of 80 new affordable housing units that have opened in Chapel Hill. "Greenfield Place is the outcome of years of planning and partnership-building." said Chapel Hill Mayor, Pam Hemminger. "It is truly representative of the Town’s commitment to expanding quality affordable choices for families, working parents, seniors and people with disabilities who live in Chapel Hill. We want Chapel Hill to be a place for everyone, and having quality affordable housing projects, like this one help us make progress towards that goal."
Greenfield Place was a collaborative effort between the Town of Chapel Hill, DHIC, Orange County, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency and partners in the private sector. In addition to financial contributions from the partners, the Town donated the land to DHIC to build the community.
Greenfield Place has one, two and three-bedroom apartments that range in size from 691 to 1,196 square feet. The units have walk-in closets, full-size washer and dryer connections and open floor plans. This location was chosen due to its close proximity to transit and shopping. “This location is incredible. It's on two different bus lines. It's in walking distance of shopping and job and other services people need,” Natalie Britt, vice president of DHIC said.
Greenfield Place is the first of two phases for this development. The second phase, Greenfield Commons, will provide affordable housing for low-income residents 55 years old and older and is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.
As part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s efforts to increase access to housing for all residents, the Town has set annual targets for affordable housing preservation and development. This year the Town has not only met, but surpassed its’ development target of 80 subsidized housing units with over 90 new affordable units developed in this fiscal year alone, in addition to the completion of 8 preservation projects. This number brings the Town to over 1,000 units of subsidized affordable housing overall.