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|$9m Low-Income Housing Complex Planned for Monmouth
|A Chicago-based developer will get the go-ahead after all to build affordable housing in Monmouth at what could be a convenient location for some in town.
The Monmouth City Council Monday night approved annexing 10-acres of land on North Sixth Street near the ShopKo store and the Farmland Foods plant into city limits, along with an associated change in zoning, so that a 40-unit affordable housing complex can be built there.
The City's Plan Commission turned down the request citing concerns about spot zoning, but Monmouth City Administrator Eric Hanson tells WGIL that's not much of a concern for him or aldermen. "When I went to the Council and talked to them, one of the things, I think, that got missed was that in the current block that this property resides in, there are already four different types of zones," Hanson said. "The developer also made some adjustments to adapt to the surrounding property with proper fencing and trees and landscaping and green space."
Hanson says that should not only not de-value the surrounding property, but it should actually enhance it.
The construction project is valued at nearly $9 million, and Hanson says construction should begin sometime around the spring and should be open by 2010.
Monmouth Aldermen Monday also approved purchasing 6 acres of land behind the new AmericInn hotel at a cost of $150,000. Hanson says the land will be available for future development but it's already been divided into 31 lots, even though, he says, the city doesn't necessarily have to abide by that.
|12 03 08 by Newsroom
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