across from Longs Lake by Talley Ho Road.
Tenant Margaret Gandy said she has lived in Pecan Acres for 21 years and is looking forward to the potential new house she could be moving into.
"I felt pretty good about it," Gandy said. "I'm ok with it."
Out of the about 40 who attended, the room was attentive, asked questions and voiced both concerns and approval.
One concern came from Harvey Rogers, where the proposed location was not in close proximity to any grocery stores or pharmacies. Rogers said he felt the location on Highway 182 doesn't have enough businesses close by and is not in a centralized location like the current development.
Another concern about the location came from resident Brenda Gardner, who relies on walking to her destinations because she does not own a vehicle. She said with Pecan Acres' current location, she can walk to City Hall, the library, pharmacies and other businesses.
"So this is a go, whether we want to go or not?" Garner asked.
Taylor said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is in favor of the land swap, but they will take concerns of tenants into consideration.
Taylor said with the swap, the Housing Authority will be able to replace the old housing with newer materials.
"New isn't necessarily what it's cracked up to be," Garner said. "Me personally, I don't want new, because new does not give me quality."
Garner said finding out about the proposed development through the media and not through the Housing Authority was a kick to the stomach and was "inhumane" and "cruel.”
She said if the presentation was being made, members of the Housing Authority should have notified the tenants prior.
"There was no transparency there," Garner said. "We were not given the information we should have been given."
Taylor said the reason they did not present the proposed idea to tenants was because they didn't have enough information for a presentation.
Garner told the Starkville Daily News these tenant meetings were just a facade to show the Housing Authority spoke with the tenants to get their feedback for consideration.
"I think it's a done deal," Garner said. "We're asking for input, but we're going to do this deal and we're going to build this new project on (Highway) 182"
During the meeting, Taylor said there would be contracted and insured movers, and rent for the tenants will not increase even though it is a new development.
As for transportation, Bishop said the Housing Authority transportation vans will be restructured for all tenants to utilize it and there will be a SMART bus stop at the new development. Bishop said if there is a need, they can use savings from maintenance to purchase an additional van.
Taylor said he understands this will be an inconvenience, but it is extremely uncommon for residents who live in public housing to move into a brand new building.
"This is an opportunity for that to happen," Taylor said. "We have your best interest at heart."