COLUMBIA — City Council unanimously approved a resolution for 47 apartments between Clark Lane and Lambeth Drive on Monday night.
The partnership between the Columbia Housing Authority and New Horizons Community Support Services would provide one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for low-income individuals, some of whom have mental disabilities.
The apartments would target individuals who earn between 40 percent and 60 percent of the median family income in Boone County, according to a previous Missourian article.
During a meeting Thursday, members of the White Gate Neighborhood Association voiced concerns about the proposed apartments, citing negative views of people with mental disabilities and low-income residents. Now, the residents approve the development plan, as long as their concerns were included in the proposal, Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl said.
Columbia Housing Authority CEO Phil Steinhaus said slight modifications to the agreement were made by attorneys before presenting the proposal to the council. A condition for fencing along the entire west side of the lot was not possible due to watershed considerations.
"In essence, it carries what the neighbors wanted for us and and the development," Steinhaus said.
"Everything they asked for was in the proposal," Kespohl added.
Mary Hussmann, organizer for Grassroots Organizing, expressed some concerns about the proposed apartments. She asked why the proposal was not discussed during regular Housing Authority board of commissioners meetings and why the public was not invited to the White Gate Neighborhood Association meeting.
"We're all neighbors here, when you have public housing," Hussmann said. "I know that many other interested community members would have attended a meeting like this."
Greg Ahrens of the White Gate Neighborhood Association expressed concerns about sufficient lighting, convenient bus routes and a safe sidewalk for the proposed apartments. Ahrens said he did not receive notification of the Thursday meeting.
Steinhaus described a proposal to extend Clark Lane's sidewalk for pedestrian safety.
A tax-credit funding application, due Friday, will be submitted to the Missouri Housing Development Commission. A decision to accept or reject the application will be made Dec. 21, according to previous Missourian reporting.
If the tax credit application is approved, construction could begin six to nine months later, according to a document from the Housing Authority.
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