Town Applies For Affordable Housing Grant

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A new affordable housing project in the Green Valley Redevelopment Area received a major boost Thursday night when the Town Council agreed to apply to the Arizona Department of Commerce for funding.

According to Town Manager Rich Underkofler, the project is the first for a new, nonprofit agency called the Payson Regional Housing Development Corporation. The new agency will focus specifically on addressing the need for affordable housing in the Payson area.

"The agency has secured an option on some land in the redevelopment area behind the Baptist church and has entered into an agreement with a developer to put together the application," Underkofler said. The town's role in applying to the state allows the project to proceed while the new agency applies for nonprofit status.

The project, which is being designed by local architects Rex Hinshaw and Gary Spraggins, will consist of 20 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom units.

In other action, the council tabled a call for bids for eight town-owned lots in Sky Park Industrial Park. The item was postponed because wording was omitted spelling out the town's emphasis on economic development factors in considering bids.

The council awarded a contract for $174,000 to Empire Excavating for the reconstruction of Doll Baby Ranch Road from Greenfaire Circle to the Northern Gila County Sanitary District, the resurfacing of Country Club Drive from Green Valley Park to Greenfaire Circle and paving of the parking area for the tennis courts at Rumsey Park.

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