By Sarah Mansur
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen will consider the question of using eminent domain tonight
Last week Alderman Sammy Slade requested information from town staff on the legal feasibility and the potential costs of eminent domain, which empowers local governments to take private property for public use. Mayor Mark Chilton said the topic is not listed as an agenda item for tonight, but residents should expect to hear a conversation about it. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.
Former Alderman Dan Coleman first raised the possibility of using eminent domain to acquire the Collins Crossing apartment complex on Jones Ferry Road.
Collins Crossing has a large population of Hispanic day laborers and Burmese immigrants. Massachusetts-based management company Aspen Square Management purchased Collins Crossing, formerly known as Abbey Court, in June 2012. Since then, rent increases have forced some residents to find cheaper housing elsewhere.
Board members and community activists worry that the complex is the last affordable housing complex in town.
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