Cape Fear Profile: Developer Murray Duggins found success after failure

July 26, 2015
Fayetteville Observer

When the bottom fell out, Murray Duggins became scared and depressed.

Duggins had been making money – a lot of money – building and marketing resort condominiums, marinas, office parks and other developments along the North Carolina coastline in the 1980s. It was boom time at the beach, and Duggins was thick in the middle of it.

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Nancy, Murray Duggins honored by Boy Scouts

May 20, 2015
Fayetteville Observer

On a recent Monday morning, Nancy Duggins received a call she didn’t expect.

“Jim Ammons called and asked if we’d accept the honor,” she said.

The honor she spoke of is given during the Cumberland County Distinguished Citizen Dinner, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of the county. The event also serves as the major annual fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America.

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Celebration marks end to 8-year Hope VI project to revitalize public housing

November 13, 2014
Fayetteville Observer

Ten years ago, Sharon Baker moved into the former Delona Gardens, a World War II-era public housing complex that had its share of crime and blight.

Today, she considers herself lucky to be a resident of Dogwood Manor, which opened three years ago as part of an ambitious, $110 million project to replace aging public housing and revitalize one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods along Old Wilmington Road.

“I literally came down here with nothing,” says Baker, who is 71. “And here I am today. I was one of the first to move in here.”

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Developer can navigate bureaucracy

March 30, 2008
Fayetteville Observer

The developer who will guide the $119 million Hope VI revitalization plan in downtown Fayetteville has a long history of building affordable housing.

Murray Duggins, president of United Developers, has built more than 900 apartments across Fayetteville and Hope Mills that cater to older tenants or families with low to moderate incomes. Duggins, who lives in Fayetteville, has built about 3,000 such apartments across the Carolinas. For decades, the 63-year-old has navigated bureaucratic layers, winning low-interest, long-term government loans and tax credits that lower his construction costs and allow him to charge below-market rents.

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Building respectable homes

October 2, 2000
Fayetteville Observer

Twenty feet from the edge of Bragg Boulevard, in a residential section of Haymount between Eutaw Shopping Center and a strip of restaurants and car lots, the change is under way. What used to be a hilly, wooded tract is now flattening out as massive earth moving machines massage the land.

Fayetteville developer Murray Duggins says that if all goes well between now and next August, a 48-unit apartment complex, Haymount Manor, will open on the site. People older than 55 can rent one-and two-bedroom units for $294 to $375, far below the market average.

Their rent will be based on their income, which is calculated at 50 to 60 percent of the average Cumberland County median income of $40,700.

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Affordable housing enhances community

August 12, 1997
Fayetteville Observer

I am the developer of the Longview Green Apartments being built in north Fayetteville.

These apartments have been the subject of considerable controversy, perpetuated by the myth that affordable housing devalues property and brings crime.

Private ownership of affordable housing should not be confused with public housing, which is designed for those with very low incomes and is managed by public housing authorities.

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