The planned Jackson Heights Apartments, which were supported by the Brown County Commission last week, received an endorsement from the Aberdeen City Council on Monday.
The council approved a resolution of necessity for the 41-unit, three-story apartment building, which is planned for the corner of South Jackson Street and First Avenue Southeast. City officials also granted a waiver for building permit fees and the utility hookup fee for one water and sewer connection, as well as a 5 percent payment in lieu of taxes.
On Jan. 31, the County Commission agreed to waive landfill fees for construction debris should the complex be built.
The Aberdeen Housing Authority plans to build the low-rent housing project. Seven of the units will be occupied by residents at 50 percent of the area median income, and 10 of the units will be occupied by residents at 40 percent of the AMI.
One-bedroom units will be priced at $400, $495 and $588 a month. Two-bedroom units will have rents of $527, $600 and $702 a month. The prices of three-bedroom units will be $633, $669 and $830. Those prices include heat, electricity, sewer and water.
Also at Monday's meeting, the council set a hearing date of Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. for a petition to rezone the old Parks, Recreation and Forestry building at 612 Tenth Ave. S.E. The zoning would be changed from municipal, state and county use to high-density residential. According to the rezoning petition, the purpose of rezoning would be to convey the 1.32 acres, which consists of the vacant building and parking lot, to another party.
In addition, the council approved a $32,000 budget supplement to replace two police cars. One of the cars experienced more\ than $12,000 in damages in an accidental engine fire last July.
The other car was damaged in an accident last month. The driver of the other vehicle was cited and the insurance company representing the other driver presented the city with a check for $19,978.80 to repair the damages. The frame was bent enough that straightening it would not eliminate problems in the future. The motor and transmission will be salvaged, and the remaining equipment that wasn't damaged will be installed on a new 2012 Charger Pursuit.
Also at the meeting, the council:
·Approved Surface Transportation Program resolutions that schedule an Eighth Avenue Northwest project for 2016 and a Roosevelt Street project for 2014.
·Passed a resolution that amends the boundaries of Tax Incremental District No. 15. The property has been platted, and the resolution refers to the new legal descriptions. In addition, the boundaries of the TIF have been reduced so that only the north 20 acres are included.