"This 15-year lease to purchase 54-townhomes you would like to build in our community may or may not be a success after 15 years, since no community of this type has reached the 15-year mark," she said. "Very few folks are jumping up and down about this project."

Paxson said before the meeting he understood the reluctance of some residents to support the project.

"There's always a stigma when you say the words, 'affordable housing'," he said. "People become concerned that it will turn into something they don't want in their community.

"But that's not what this community is," he said. "This is a community for working families who want to be homeowners."


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Tenants will have to undergo credit and background checks, have an income of $25,000-$55,000 and a desire to be a homeowner.

After they move in, they must attend home maintenance classes, participate in a homeownership counseling program and become members of the Hollins Place Residents Association.

To entice tenants to become owners, the project will offer closing cost assistance and escrow down payment assistance after 15 years.

"We looked at a lot of sites," Paxson said. "We chose this location for its proximity to amenities, its proximity to schools.

"There's public transportation outside the site," he said.

"We wanted to make sure there are jobs nearby, grocery stores, you know, the stuff you need to live," he said.

Quirk said he wanted to hear from all the community groups and have all the information from the county agencies before making a final decision on whether he would put a resolution in for a PUD.

"But I'm leaning toward it," he said. "To me, it's critically important for new investment in areas like Riverview, Lansdowne and Baltimore Highlands."