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      Bay City neighbors weary of low-income housing development

      The site of the proposed housing development

      Victor's Landing would bring 60 low-to-moderate income housing units here to Mundy Avenue on Bay City's west side. 18 of those units would be set aside for veterans. Many neighbors around here say they don't like the project while supporters say, it's much needed here in the community.

      "This land is not that big and to go in and stick 60 units, that's wrong,?? says Libby Macfarland. She??s one of many neighbors unhappy with the $8 million housing project. The Bay City resident of 18 years says, not in my backyard.

      ??I want to bring something that's going to bring jobs and revenue to Bay City and I want something that's going to attract people down here because it's a beautiful area,?? says Macfarland.

      Developers of the project, Ohio-based, Woda Group is seeking a tax break to build along the waterfront.

      ??The number of new residents coming in here does change the neighborhood. Can the streets and infrastructure handle all those new residents,?? questions Christopher Girard, who represents the neighborhood on the Bay City commission.

      But supporters of the project say the pushback is because of misconceptions.

      "We are trying to help people become independent. This is not section 8 housing, this is income based housing,?? says Debra Schafer with Mid-Michigan Community Action.

      "I don't want to judge people but if it turns into another Baytown, it's going to be ruined,?? says Macfarland.

      ??It's not about a handout. It's about a stepping stone to a better life,?? adds Schafer.

      The project can move forward without the tax break because the planning commission has already given it the green light.

      However, city commissioners will vote on the tax break at an upcoming meeting.