Anawim housing has scrapped plans for a 60-unit, low income housing development on McKinley Avenue after complaints from more than a hundred south side residents.
“I have no intention of building this development on this site.” Anawim President Russ Frazier said to the delight of residents packed into Lincoln High School, “But I’ll tell you what. Before you all go and applaud let me help you realize that this development whether anyone wants to believe it or not..it was going to be developed for families just like all of you. This process has demonized a lot of people. People, families, people with children.”
Residents say they were afraid the development would lead to an increase in crime and a decrease in property values.
“I understand helping people and I’m all for that because I do a lot of community service,” neighbor Carol Barber explained, “But I don’t think the location they picked is good.”
Anawim still hopes to build the facility somewhere in the neighborhood–the organization believes there is a need for more housing in southwest Des Moines.