Housing complex in the works
Friday, January 10, 2014 1:48 AM
SALUDA — A new housing option for Saluda agricultural workers is in the works.
While there are still several procedural hurdles, the town of Saluda and a nonprofit corporation from Greenville began the process to produce a more than $2 million housing project on 10 acres along U.S. Highway 178.
"This is a big opportunity for the town," Town Administrator Tom Brooks said. "Nothing is finalized yet; we still have to go through the contract with our town attorney and make sure we do things right, but this is a good opportunity."
Saluda Town Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve second reading of an ordinance that authorizes Mayor Amelia Herlong to sign an agreement buying or selling real estate with BGM Inc. on behalf of the town.
While officials with Saluda and BGM emphasized nothing is completed, the preliminary terms of the agreement have the town selling 10 acres for $100,000.
Brooks could not say where the $100,000 would be allocated.
"That's up to our elected officials," Brooks said.
Project manager Dan Lignon described the proposed housing complex as "workforce housing."
"It's not like your typical government housing," Lignon said. "In order to live in one of these apartments, you have to have a job in that specific field. In this case, that'd be agricultural or lumber or the like."
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