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Residents against neighborhood redevelopment

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(WMC-TV) - The city council is debating the future of the Cleaborn Homes housing development, but many of the people already living there are not happy with the plans.

New renderings for a planned redevelopment of the area were presented despite the fact that many people already living in the area are against the redevelopment. They want the city council to hear their own ideas.

A short while ago, the council set February 19 as the date to hold a public hearing on a plan that would convert the newly named Cleaborn Pointe into a 460-unit apartment building.

The feds already awarded the city $22 million for the project because the area is deteriorated.

Meanwhile, as the city transitions away from public housing, residents living in Cleaborn fear they will be forced out and lose everything they have ever known.

"A lot of money we're going to be spending in that community and the residents don't even want us to do it or that's how it appears," said Lee Harris, Memphis City Council. "Given that combination, maybe we shouldn't do it. I have not decided."

The city also wants to redevelop the old Alonzo Locke Elementary School nearby.

The public hearing will be held during regular council hours two weeks from today.

That is just one of several big issues facing the city council Tuesday. They are also debating a new sales tax to fund Pre-K programs, as well as a property tax reduction.

The city council is also proposing a funding cut to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau. Find out how that can affect you on Action News 5 at 6 p.m.

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