KEYSER, W.Va. — Barbara Hartman, who lives near Pine Swamp Road, said she doesn’t want Bayridge Greene built near her and is trying to do something about it.

Hartman has scheduled an informational meeting Thursday in an effort to explain why the Woda Group housing project should not be constructed, even though recently supported by the Mineral County commissioners.

The gathering will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mineral County Courthouse.

“I’m concerned because my property value will go down,” Hartman said.

Woda is proposing to build a 40-unit housing complex on 6.8 acres for families whose income is below the median for the area.

On Tuesday, Woda spokesman Tom Simons said he would email the Times-News in response to Hartman’s concerns about property value, but as of Wednesday afternoon that information had not been sent.

Hartman said, too, that she is concerned about Bayridge Greene becoming a hotspot for crime. She said two other Woda projects — Bayberry Place south of Keyser and Greene Gables at Short Gap — are of that nature.

“We’ll have emergency people from those areas at the meeting to talk about all the responses they have,” Hartman said.

A Tuesday call from the Times-News to Sheriff Jeremy Taylor asking for information about law enforcement responses to those two locations had not been returned by Wednesday afternoon.

County Coordinator Mike Bland said recently, “I don’t think in the time that Bayberry and Green Gables have been here that I have ever had complaints about the grounds.”

Among those Hartman said she has invited to the meeting are state and county level elected officials, staff of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund and members of the local real estate industry.

Bayridge Greene is in competition with more than 30 other projects across West Virginia for funding assistance. Woda is also seeking federal tax credits to make the project feasible.

Woda, based in Ohio, has completed housing projects in other area communities such as Moorefield, Frostburg, Romney and Elkins.

“My theory is to raise enough heck and maybe the (funders) will skip over this project,” Hartman said.

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