Plymouth Housing: Protesters are Spreading "Misinformation"
Plymouth Housing Group leaders respond to complaints about the agency's plan to build a new low-income housing development on Third Ave. downtown.
In response to a widely distributed leaflet trashing the low-income housing group's plans to build a new apartment building at Third and Virginia—the leaflet blamed low-income downtown residents for the open-air drug markets and rampant low-level crime in the neighborhood—Plymouth Housing Group director Paul Lambros and board president Angus Cunningham wrote a letter to community members responding to what they called "a misleading document."
(In an email, Lambros commented wryly that his letter "may not have gone to as many folks as the [anti-Plymouth] piece did.")
"The new building will provide permanent, affordable housing to low-income individuals including units that will be reserved for veterans," as opposed to both housing and services for formerly homeless adults. "This building is designed for long-term downtown residents who are able to live independently – they will not need Plymouth’s robust spectrum of supportive services that help stabilize someone coming directly from homelessness."
Although the owner of the company that printed the flyer, George Nikfard of Swifty Printing on Third and Virginia, denied distributing the leaflets, Lori Nikfard, who is married to one of Swifty's owners, responded to the email included on the flyers. (She used the name "Lori Baker" in her email). Additionally, Lambros says the Nikfards acknowledged producing the flyers when they showed up to protest the development at a recent city design review board meeting—a meeting at which comments were supposed to be confined to the design of the building.