Residents on Wagga's Spring Street say they are opposed to a new social housing block and have yet to be contacted by the state government about the proposal.
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation announced this week that it intends to build a $1.47 million block of four one-bedroom social housing units at 16 Spring Street with on-site parking and associated landscaping.
Spring Street resident Narelle Maher told The Daily Advertiser that she had not heard about the proposal and she and her husband, both retirees, would oppose it.
"I'm certainly not happy about it," she said.
"I know you have got to have social housing but we have had some problems with the [public housing] we already have in the street"
A housing corporation spokesperson said it had sent a letter to residents in November and would send another on Wednesday with an artist's impression, site plan, building elevations and a request for feedback.
"The next step is to formally notify neighbours and [Wagga City] Council which is expected to occur in the coming weeks. The Housing Corporation is committed to working with our neighbours during the design and assessment," the spokesperson said.
"As is the case in society in general, the majority of our tenants are good neighbours and law-abiding people and in addition, robust policies and procedures are in place...for dealing with any disruptive tenants, should any issues arise."
Mrs Maher said police had frequently attended some of the existing social housing properties in the past.
"There has been drugs, women being beaten up and fighting in the street," she said.
"It has gotten better since more long-term residents have moved in.
"There are refugees living there now and they are quiet."
Another resident with a young family, who asked not to be named, said he was "totally against" the proposal.
"It would not be a good fit for the neighbourhood," he said.
NSW Housing Minister Melinda Pavey said the government was "looking to redevelop this vacant site in Spring Street and transform it into new, modern dwellings located near health, education and transport".
Wagga-based MLC Wes Fang said the project would also engage local builders and suppliers, creating around 12 equivalent full time jobs.
Subject to planning approval, construction should begin in late 2020, with first residents likely to move in around mid-2021.
There is also a new public housing block proposed in Wagga's South Parade.