A new housing project in its infant stages and the rehabilitation of an older apartment complex in South Boston will move forward after receiving approval from town council at council’s Monday evening business meeting.
Council voted unanimously to approve pre-contract certifications for the Poplar Creek Homes Project. The proposed project consists of the construction of 16 buildings comprised of 32 apartment units and site work on 3.5 acres of undeveloped land on Poplar Creek Street. The project will be constructed using 9% low income housing tax credits, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will used to fund the infrastructure. The town was awarded the $700,000 in August.
“This is a $5.8 million project altogether. It’s a big project,” said town manager Tom Raab in a February town council work session. “Southside Outreach Group has done a good job asking for (low-income) tax credit funds for the project.”
The two pre-contract certifications approved by council are an environmental certifying officer certification and a residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan certification for all low-moderate-income households displaced by demolition. Raab said no existing houses are on the proposed Poplar Creek Homes Project site, but council still is required to approve the relocation assistance plan certification.
Council also unanimously approved a resolution for the Westside Village Apartments. Westside Village is an affordable housing community located on Sinai Road.
“They are planning to rehab the 70 apartment units in the Westside Village area,” Raab said. “It’s been there a while, and it needs rehabbing.”
In other action, council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority to apply for a regional revolving loan fund to support small businesses.
IDA executive director Brian Brown is applying to the USDA Rural Development for a $150,000 rural business development grant for the creation of the revolving loan fund.