Meeting this afternoon, the Rolling Hills/Southside Steering Committee endorsed the idea of a "summit" meeting on low-cost housing, neighborhood revitalizing and public money -- then handed off to City Hall.
Whether City Hall carries the idea anywhere remains to be seen.
"A request has been made and we heard it," said Larry Jarvis, assistant community development director.
Lorisa Seibel (right), interim director of the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition, raised the idea earlier this month. She has been among the most vocal opponents of a city plan to dedicate future federal grant money to Southside/Rolling Hills.
Seibel is also chairwoman of the Rolling Hills/Southside Steering Committee's housing subcommittee, which submitted the summit proposal for today's agenda.
Ray Eurquhart, a Southside resident who has actively promoted the revitalization project and served as the Steering Committee's co-chairman has also called for a summit.
Seibel did not attend today's meeting and Eurquhart attended only long enough to announce his resignation.
"I'm going to work on other things in Durham and the [Southside] community," Eurquhart said. "But I'll be around, I'm not dropping off the face of the earth."