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Texarkana Housing Authority plans to replace high-rise

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The tallest apartment building in Texarkana, Texas could soon be demolished to make room for newer affordable housing.
    
Robison Terrace as known as, the high-rise, is the last phase of the Rosehill Re-development Project.
    
While the construction plans are in place, officials are still facing some tough competition for tax credits and funding.  

The high-rise apartment building was constructed in 1975 before standards by the Americans with Disabilities Act was put into place.

More than half of the tenants in the the ten-story building are elderly.

Resident Sherri Patrick says she has concerns for them getting out of the building, especially in a fire emergency.  

"Alot of them are in wheel chairs and they need ramps to get in and out," said Patrick.

There are more than 130 apartment units in Robison Terrace.  

Beulah Smith has lived in the high rise for six years.

"I would full bath in my apartment, some of the more modern things," said Smith. "I'd like to see that."  

Executive Director of the Housing Authority Johnny Riley says the city council pledged their support of the project.

Each year, the state housing department holds a competition among developers for housing tax credits.

The city will be in competition with Marshall, Longview and Tyler.

Riley says the final phase of the Rosehill Project will be challenging, but he says it's time for a change.  

"I think it's going to improve their standard of living and also give them a better quality of life," said Riley.

The housing authority should find out whether they'll receive the tax credits this Spring.
    
If approved, they could begin construction later this year.

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