The Easton Housing Authority plans to tear down an old South Side factory to build a 10-unit public housing project.
That's according to Mayor Sal Panto, who wants the authority to hold a public meeting to explain its plans to people in the neighborhood. The authority wants to tear down the former JoAnn Dress Company building at Charles and St. Joseph streets and put up five rental duplexes.
The mayor told reporters Wednesday he had gotten calls from concerned residents, who are unhappy with the idea of low-income housing in the neighborhood.
The meeting will happen sometime early next month at the Easton Boys & Girls Club building on the South Side.
Panto said he and his wife Pam Panto, a member of the city zoning board, will recuse themselves from any decisions on the project because they live nearby.
The authority's last project in the city was Neston Heights, which replaced the old Delaware Terrace housing project.
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