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Block grant makes it through Round 1

By Elisabeth Dodd, Staff Writer

A Community Development Block Grant worth $250,000 has made it through the first round of applications and is being considered by the Liberty Town Council members after being brought up by Melissa Browning, Union County Development Corp. director, in their Monday, August 6, meeting.

If awarded, the grant would go towards constructing 10 new properties which would serve as lower income housing.

Browning was asked by the state where these houses should go, and while she offered Union and Seminary streets as possibilities, the decision will ultimately be made by the town council.

Browning said her suggestions were made “because those are two areas frequently seen by the public, and I've always had a theory that if people see others make progress, they will progress, too.”

At the same time, a housing study of Union County is being conducted, and while it is still two months out from being complete, it does point out some early problems that are not lost on Browning.

“We all knew we had a housing problem, but this [study] directed us to the problem. We need owner-occupied housing and moderate-income housing, not apartments,” said Browning.

These 10 properties would be owner occupied, and potential residents would meet a to-be-announced income threshold and would be personally approved by council.






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