When the Palms Apartments opened nearly 50 years ago along what was then the western edge of Raleigh, it was an indicator of the fast growth the area would see as high-tech companies discovered the Triangle. Its 212 apartments were an ideal location for young professionals just starting their careers.
By the mid-2000s, the complex had faded into a place of last resort – a de facto low-income complex in a city with a dearth of affordable housing. But it became a lifeline for dozens of immigrants fleeing poverty and strife in places such as Myanmar, Iraq and Somalia.
That destination function is about to end, as the owner looks to redevelop the complex into more upscale apartments. It means scores of families, some of whom struggle to speak English, need to find new homes and, possibly, new schools for their children.
Tenants are being told to be out of the complex by Nov. 30. Real estate developer Gordon Grubb is providing a $100 relocation check for those tenants in good standing who leave before November; and a $250 check for those who leave during November. He is also inviting representatives of similarly priced rental communities to another housing fair at the Palms from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday.
“Clearly we want to help everybody find a good, safe place to live, and hopefully not too far from here,” he said. Read More..

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