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Neighbors Upset Over Proposed Rental Development on Salisbury's West Side

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Proposed location for new 64 home subdivision.  (Photo: WBOC) Proposed location for new 64 home subdivision. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- A proposed rental development to built on the west side of Salisbury has some neighbors in that community upset and pushing for a new location.

The Pirhl development company wants to build a 640home subdivision in the wooded area behind the Wesley Temple church on West Road.  The church, along with a majority of the homes in that community, are not inside Salisbury city limits.  However, the wooded area is privately-owned land that had been annexed into the city.  The homes in the subdivision would be rental homes for at least the first 15 years and rent would start as low as just a few hundred dollars a month.

The plan to build a rental community in the middle of a owner-occupied neighborhood has some of those homeowners upset about the possible ramifications that would bring.

"This property that is proposed will lower the value of our homes.  And therefore will create a loss for us," said Eddie Boyd of Salisbury.

Boyd and several other concerned neighbors met with WBOC on Thursday.  Those neighbors also worry that many people would never rent for 15 years so there would be a lot of turnover in the subdivision and the possibility of an increase in crime.  Resident James Jackson believes if the subdivision is going to be built in Salisbury, there must be another location available.

"There are six or seven places on the west side already that have low income housing," he said. "There are properties on the east side that are vacant."

WBOC reached out to Pirhl on Thursday for comment but has not yet heard back.  The developer is expected to hear back from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development early next year about possible tax credits for building the rental subdivision.

Pirhl's timeline for the project includes starting construction in September of 2016 with construction being complete in 2017.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day told WBOC on Thursday that he would be sending a letter to the secretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development rescinding the city's support of the project.

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