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Developers dispute sale of Spartanburg housing project with Miami Dolphins owner

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A government subsidized housing complex in Spartanburg owned by the owner of the Miami Dolphins is the subject of discussions between him and city developers.

Curt McPhail with Northside Development Corporation said the city is trying to acquire Oakview Apartments from Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins and Related Companies out of New York.

McPhail said Related is asking too much for the property, which many consider in poor condition.

"They want somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.5 million," said McPhail, who added Northside Development is only willing to pay $600,000 to $1 million for the property.

Tenants at Oakview also complain about the condition of the property.

"I pay $440 a month. I can see maybe $200 a month, but $440 - it's not worth it," said Kiasia Thompson, who has lived at the property for two years with her small children.

"We don't have air," she said. "We have heat, but even heat doesn't do much in the wintertime. In the summertime - it's just - might as well be sitting outside all day."

"There have been lots of conversations about the transformation of this community," said McPhail.

Some tenants said a revitalization of the property is necessary, even if that means they have to lose their homes. McPhail said the goal of the revitalization effort will be to keep residents in the general area, and put them in better homes.

"Our goal is great housing, opportunities for jobs and access to healthy lives," said McPhail.

Related released the following statement on Thursday:

"For over 40 years Related has been committed to acquiring, rehabilitating and preserving critical affordable housing stock across the nation and our residents remain our focus at Oakview Apartments.

 In the last five years alone we have invested approximately half a million dollars in capital improvements at Oakview Apartments to upgrade the building's exterior and landscaping and renovate the apartments for the benefit our residents."

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