Wagga residents near a proposed two-storey, 10-unit social housing development have largely welcomed the project but some expressed concern about their new neighbours.
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation has sent letters to residents near the block of 8-12 South Parade to invite feedback on plans for the 1000-square-metre development.
Allan Moyes, who lives close to the proposed site, said the design was "really lovely".
"I'm not bothered by it. It's very modern. It looks good."
"It's a great area, close to the city, close to the hospital and overlooking the oval."
Mr Moyes said he did have some early doubts about the effect on the area.
"I did have some hesitations about it early on about whether the people who moved in would cause problems," he said.
"But then I realised you could live in the poshest suburb of Wagga or the poshest suburb of Sydney and still end up with neighbours that caused problems.
Other still have concerns with one resident on nearby West Parade saying he did not have a problem with the social housing clients already in the area but he did not know who would move in to the new units.
"We are a bit worried about what it might do to property prices," the resident said.
The biggest concern we have is the unknown. What kind of people will be moving in?
"Will it be families or will the block be more like a halfway house?"
The proposed site for the units covers two vacant blocks, which Mr Moyes said contained houses until they were both destroyed by fires over the years.
The government has described the project as "well designed and of a low scale, two storeys, which complements the character of the surrounding neighbourhood".
The brick building with dark metal trimmings and a brick and aluminium boundary fence will reach a maximum roof height of eight metres.
"Part of it will overlook my backyard, but it's just a backyard," Mr Moyes said.
Nearby resident Barry Tyler also had no problem with the proposed block.
"I don't mind it. I don't have a problem at all," he said.
"It's about time something went in there."
Subject to planning approval, construction of the project should begin in mid-to-late 2020, with the first residents likely to move in mid-2021.
As of 2019 there were more than 300 people on the Wagga's waiting list for social housing on the NSW housing register.
Social workers have warned that some people could spend more than 10 years waiting for social housing in Wagga.