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Planning board OKs tiny homes for seniors

Posted on May 6, 2021

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Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland welcomes Planning and Design Review Board members to the city's first in-person meeting in more than a year. Wilson's boards and commissions held virtual meetings to avoid mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland welcomes Planning and Design Review Board members to the city's first in-person meeting in more than a year. Wilson's boards and commissions held virtual meetings to avoid mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland discusses a tiny home development to provide affordable housing for older adults during Tuesday's planning board meeting.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland discusses a tiny home development to provide affordable housing for older adults during Tuesday's planning board meeting.

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland welcomes Planning and Design Review Board members to the city's first in-person meeting in more than a year. Wilson's boards and commissions held virtual meetings to avoid mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland welcomes Planning and Design Review Board members to the city's first in-person meeting in more than a year. Wilson's boards and commissions held virtual meetings to avoid mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland discusses a tiny home development to provide affordable housing for older adults during Tuesday's planning board meeting.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland discusses a tiny home development to provide affordable housing for older adults during Tuesday's planning board meeting.

Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland discusses a tiny home development to provide affordable housing for older adults during Tuesday's planning board meeting.
Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland welcomes Planning and Design Review Board members to the city's first in-person meeting in more than a year. Wilson's boards and commissions held virtual meetings to avoid mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An effort to provide affordable housing for Wilson’s older adults is taking shape with a four-pack of tiny homes at 906 Jordan St. S.

The Center on Maintaining Preferred Aging Services and Solutions has owned the lot for several years and is seeking a conditional district rezoning to allow the construction of four tiny homes, a maintenance building, a common area and parking lot. Wilson Land Development Manager Janet Holland said a structure on the property was demolished in 2014 and the lot has sat vacant since.

“There are at least nine seniors waiting for every one occupied unit of affordable elderly housing nationwide. Furthermore, the waiting list for affordable senior housing is often three to five years,” said Carolyn Brown, speaking on behalf of the Five Points Neighborhood Association. “With the ever-growing need for affordable housing in the nation and over 10,000 people turning 65 years old each day, this project is vital to the survival of some of the most vulnerable citizens in Wilson, N.C., and we look forward to supporting this effort.”

Steve Oliverio with Bartlett Engineering said the tiny homes would be built on foundations and provide a needed service on a long-vacant lot.

“I think it is a great opportunity to help that aging community in an affordable-housing setting,” he said. “In this neighborhood, it is a good transition from multi-family and commercial development to the west. I think it is a really good fit.”

During the city’s first in-person meeting in more than a year, the Planning and Design Review Board approved the request on Tuesday. The Wilson City Council will vote on the request during its 7 p.m. May 20 meeting. Also on that agenda is a request to rezone nearly 2 acres at 103 Canterbury Road NW to be consistent with the adjacent Thorpshire Square neighborhood.

“It is a down-zoning in that it was business and a heavier residential district, but it is requested it be consistent with the overall Thorpshire development,” said Richard Herring of Herring Sutton & Associates.   

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