County eyes E. Kelly property for housing, historic preservation
The county is eyeing developing housing on a new town lot and, while plans, designs and who’s involved are far from being finalized, the lot could see a lot of uses.
“I think it’s super exciting,” Housing Director April Norton told the News&Guide. “Yes, it will be a challenge, but I like to think of challenges as opportunities, and I think it’s an opportunity for us to achieve a lot of community benefits on a lot in town that’s accessible to all the people in town.”
The county purchased the so-called “Brown property” for $2.26 million in June, bringing just over an acre of land at 445 E. Kelly, the lot between Mike Yokel Park and the Lower Valley Energy substation, into its portfolio. The goal, as it stands, is to retrofit the property, home to two buildings in the south and a vacant half-acre in the north, into a 15-or-so unit affordable housing development that could break ground as early as the spring of 2021.
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