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Despite a lean budget, the Delta City Council has agreed to provide financial support for Phase II of the Villas at the Bluff housing project. The city will provide $25,000 in 2014 and another $25,000 in 2015, which matches the city's $50,000 contribution to Phase I of the project in 2008.
Jo Rosenquist, executive director of the Delta Housing Authority, said Phase II consists of 32 apartments, most of which will be one- and two-bedroom units. Four buildings similar in appearance to those already on site will be built on the east end of the property at 15th and Bluff.
"While budget constraints are always at play, the anticipated tap and permit fees generated by this project would exceed $300,000 and would surely be a welcome income source for the city," Rosenquist wrote council members in late October. "So while we are asking for your support financially, we believe we can make the city's support affordable by the revenue we will generate. That does not even take into account the many local workers and subcontractors who will be put to work on this project and the sales tax dollars they will generate. This project is good for Delta!"
Delta Housing Authority was one of six applicants awarded tax credits for affordable workplace housing. The cost of construction is estimated at $6.5 million.
At the council meeting Rosenquist said there are already 37 families on the waiting list for the 32 units. Rent is tied to income and the ability to pay.
Phase I was completed in 2009 and is at 100% occupancy. In November 2012, a housing needs assessment revealed the need for a minimum of an additional 200 affordable housing units over the next five years.
"With that in mind, we determined the need was now here for Phase II of Villas at the Bluff," the letter from Delta Housing Authority explained. It was also signed by Cindy Warren, chair of DHA's board of commissioners.
Rosenquist told council members construction will begin in April 2014 and will be completed in 2015.blog comments powered by Disqus