The Houston City Council — continuing work to bring more housing to the community — heard from the former head of a state housing agency who outlined plans for a 40-unit senior housing project.
Like several similar efforts proposed for Houston over the years, the construction project is dependent on a favorable ruling from the Missouri Housing Development Corp., the agency that Pete Ramsel oversaw before leaving in 2010.
Ramsel, who now works in private enterprise, discussed the project that would be situated off North Industrial Drive and south of the original Durham Co. plant.
The Houston City Council passed a resolution supporting the project.
The Missouri Housing Development Corp. uses tax credits and tax-free bonds to help construction of affordable houses and apartments. The Houston proposal would include two-bedroom apartments.
Public hearings would occur later this year for projects seeking the incentives. A final decision would come before the end of the year.
In other matters, members:
—Received no bids for a house and about four acres that are situated near Hawthorn and King in Houston. The council authorized seeking bids in May. Since the property’s acquisition last fall, the city has demolished one home on the property that was purchased from the Forbes family estate. The minimum bid was $90,000.
—Tightened policies related to sewage flowing to neighboring property. Property owners must now correct the matter in three days rather than 10.
—Authorized a donation of $300 to a community project — Imagination Library — that provides a book monthly to some children.
—Learned that work along a right-of-way utility easement has been completed on South Sam Houston Blvd.
—Received an update on housing rehabilitation efforts after the city sent notices for repairs or demolition. One home has been destroyed on Dooley Street, another is planned near West Highway 17 and Bryan Street and rehabilitation is planned on a structure on Chestnut Street.