Locals Upset About Willow Heights Future

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Some people living in Fayetteville are upset with the city’s housing authority. Fayetteville’s Housing Authority wants to move Willow Heights residents even further South in town. 

Jasmine Banks is opposed to the Morgan Manor Expansion. She said, “The ethnic, racial, socio-economic diversity, that’s the kind of thing that makes Fayetteville funky. That’s the brand of Fayetteville. “

The Fayetteville Housing Authority has been working to move the Willow Heights residents to Morgan Manor for several months, but not everyone is on board with the plan.

A group of women who live near the public housing complex created a Facebook group to oppose the move to Morgan Manor . It’s called “What about Willow Heights?”

Melissa Terry is one of the organizers of the Facebook group. She said,  “What we would like to support is not just the current residents at Morgan Manor but the current residents at Willow Heights so that each of those properties reflects the kind of diversity that our neighborhood is proud of.”

Brannnan Sirratt is a coordinator of the Facebook group. She said, The way that it went down didn’t involve any community input. It didn’t involve any community developers. It didn’t involve any community goals.”

People who live near Willow Heights said they’re upset that they’re trying to move everyone to the same side of town. Trisha Guting lives down the road from Willow Heights. She said, “I love this neighborhood and I am in support of anything that continues to keep diversity here in the neighborhood and support residents who have said personally to me that they do not want to move. “

The housing authority said no matter what happens they have the residents’ best interests in mind, which is something everyone can agree on. 

“This community is full of talent and compassion and resources and I think that if we all put our heads together and work together, we’re going to do something that we’re really proud of,” said Terry. 

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