Category Archives: Housing

City considering $1.4 million GFDA request for loans to local business

During their Sept. 6 meeting, City Commissioners will discuss the city’s federal COVID relief funds. During the work session, Tom Hazen, the city’s grant manager, will review the community applications for American Rescue Plan Act funds and the scoring process. The grant applications were due in July and the city received 34 applications totaling $10,464,425.81. City beginning review of ARPA

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City board recommends approval of next West Ridge housing phase

The city planning board unanimously approved a preliminary plat and an amendment to a planned unit development zoning to include fourplexes in the next phase of the West Ridge Addition on the northern end of the city. The 12.62 acre property was initially planned for two-unit townhomes on 42nd Avenue Northeast. The board approved a plan that includes 40 new

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City approves $1.2 million loan for apartment project

City Commissioners unanimously approved a request for $1.2 million of Community Development Block Grant funds for a proposed rental housing project during their Aug. 16 meeting. The funds are part of the city’s housing rehabilitation loan program that uses CDBG funds and offers no-interest loans to low income residents and landlords of affordable and low income housing units to make

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City to consider $1.2 million loan for downtown apartment project

During their Aug. 16 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a request for $1.2 million of Community Development Block Grant funds for a proposed rental housing project. The funds are part of the city’s housing rehabilitation loan program that uses CDBG funds and offers no-interest loans to low income residents and landlords of affordable and low income housing units to make

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City, county adjusting planning fees

The city planning department is requesting an adjustment to their fee structure to allow for pass through fees to a third party consultant. A public hearing was scheduled for Aug. 2 but will be bumped to Aug. 16 to allow for proper public notice. In 2021, the City Commission adopted fees to cover costs associated with staff review of civil

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Gibson Flats residents requesting floodplain regulation variances to rebuild after homes destroyed by arson

Greg and Elizabeth Mackenstadt were among those who lost their home in the Dec. 1, 2021 Gibson Flats fire. Now they’re trying to rebuild. They applied for a variance to the county’s floodplain regulations that requires the lowest floor elevation, including the basement and other utilities, to be two feet above the base flood elevation. The Mackenstadt’s variance request has

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Downtown church commits to removing tent encampment by Aug. 1

First United Methodist Church officials have told the city that they will prohibit tents and camping on their downtown property effective Aug. 1. The encampment at the church property at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 6th Street has caused frustration on all sides and hours of discussion during public meetings. City, church working to address zoning issues with

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City, church working to address zoning issues with tent encampment

Several citizens asked during the July 5 City Commission meeting about the situation at the First United Methodist Church. A public hearing on a permit to allow the tent encampment had been tentatively scheduled for July 19, but after the zoning commission voted in June to recommend that the City Commission deny the permit the church withdrew their application. Downtown

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