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Easton housing proposal under fire

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 18 2013 09:03:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 09:52:56 PM CDT

Easton housing proposal under fire

EASTON, Pa. -

A proposed development involving low income housing on the South Side of Easton is causing quite a stir.

Easton Mayor Sal Panto made the announcement Wednesday, during a news conference in city hall.

Not many details have been released about the plan for the corner of Charles and East Saint Joseph streets in Easton, only that it would be comprised of 5 duplexes or 10 units for low income housing, with off street parking.

Neighbors say they're not happy about it.

“I think it's horrible. I don't want it, I really don't want it here, I'd rather look at a field and an ugly building as they so they call it,” said Kathleen Thompson, a resident for 5 years.

"I'm not afraid of low income housing, I'm afraid of what it brings. I mean people need help, people need help. But it's the drama, the gangs, the drug dealing....all that nonsense that comes across with it," said Nina Faulkner who's lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

During his announcement, Easton Mayor Sal Panto said he's aware of the project's unpopularity but thinks an informative meeting would hopefully address the concerns.

"They want to develop it and I think it should go through the proper public vetting and before it gets to planning or zoning I think the neighborhood should have the opportunity to have some input into it," he said.

Panto happens to live in the same neighborhood and said he will not be getting involved in the discussion.

The meeting is planned to take place at the boy and girls club in Easton in early October.

A date and time has yet to be set.