- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The city of Greenville is rezoning a public park to make way for construction of affordable single-family homes and townhomes.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1KEfVKb ) that developers say some housing will be designated for veterans, senior citizens and young professionals.

Daniel Boggs, chief executive of the Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association, says the city needs some new and affordable housing. Boggs says the project will cost $4.6 million.

The city council approved the rezoning Tuesday for Ed Gray Park despite some opposition of nearby residents. Councilman Errick Simmons says he received phone calls from residents worried about crime.

Boggs says screenings and background checks on potential residents will be performed, further combatting criminal activity.

Boggs says it will be a “good, safe neighborhood” with a strong emphasis on community.

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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