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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A new affordable workforce housing project is one step closer to being built just north of Capone's Pub & Grill in Midtown Coeur d'Alene.

Lake City Development Corp. has released the schematic for the commercial and mixed-use affordable housing project slated for midtown.

"We are still in the process of gathering input on the design," said Tony Berns, LCDC executive director. "We have incorporated a lot of input into this already, and we hope we captured it."

The project is designed to improve, modernize and develop a unique live-work district in the midtown area of Coeur d'Alene. Burns said that area has been considered an underutilized area.

This project will consist of 38 total units with a building footprint of 12,000 square feet. The three-story building will stand 40 feet tall.

The developer of the project, The Housing Company from Boise, is planning to compete this fall for federal tax credit financing to fund the project.

Berns said each state gets a share of federal tax credits to construct affordable housing and Idaho has a competitive process where developers can compete for those credits twice a year.

He said if The Housing Company is successful in securing $6 million in tax credits, those credits can be sold to large corporations that are seeking federal tax write-offs.

Corporations can get a dollar-for-dollar write-off for each credit they purchase, Berns said.

"So if Exxon buys $6 million worth of credits, they can write off $6 million in federal taxes."

Berns said the workforce housing is different from low-income housing in that residents in workforce housing projects must be employed and meet certain income requirements.

He said he was unsure of the exact income requirements, and Housing Company Director Douglas Peterson could not be reached for comment Monday.

"The Housing Company has worked with LCDC for two years now. We are happy to be involved," Peterson said in a press release last week. "We will continue to work together to bring this project to fruition, while also fulfilling a need to create quality affordable housing in the midtown neighborhood."

The makeup of the project breaks down as follows:

* 101 parking spaces, 52 of which are resident-specific

* 4,000 square feet of commercial space on the Fourth Street ground level

* 2,500 square feet of residential amenities, such as a fitness center, community room, laundry, etc.

* Six two-bedroom, one-bath units (850 sq ft)

* 18 one-bedroom, one-bath units (650 sq ft)

* 14 studio, one-bath units (450 sq ft)

There will be public parking on the north and south sides and the west side parking will be for residents.

Additionally, Berns said there will be a pocket park on the south side of the project across the street from Capone's.

"That pocket park will be a nice amenity for midtown." he added. "Hopefully we are past some of those concerns some of the neighbors had in the past."

The original project proposed for that property was abandoned two years ago after residential neighbors complained about it. But now it seems at least one commercial neighbor is fine with it.

"When I look at the drawing, I see that they are working very hard to try and make everyone happy. It is a nice project," said Teresa Capone, owner of Capone's.

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  • Salious posted at 10:55 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Salious Posts: 7

    I forgot to comment on another point Mr. Graves covered in his editorial. He said that LCDC was responsible for the wonderful 4th St. street improvement. Their money seems to buy every thing, but then why did we get billed $320. a year totaling $9,000. for 10 years at 8% interest. We asked for two driveways and got one. Sorry can't do that they said. They put in one driveway and then added a handicapped ramp instead, hmm. We use our driveway maybe once a day and use the side walk maybe once a week. We are only one home owner so just imagine what other home owners and business owners had to pay. If LCDC were supposedly helping out citizens with improvements, it seems they could help reduce our burdens rather than sticking it to us all the time. This is one way they raise money, by "overtaxing us!"

  • Salious posted at 9:31 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Salious Posts: 7

    I by his editorial that brother Graves has been out of town for a very long time or is just out of touch with Midtown. He stated something to the effect of Midtown hasn't grown very much and since he's been there in the neighborhood for 16 years it's basically stagnating and the new 3 story Midtown project is just what we need to stimulate it. Well, I wonder if he's wearing blinders when he drives up 4th St. He probably hasn't seen all the new business then. He probably hasn't seen or been into these new businesses; the hair saloon, the engineering firm, the Fray, Rustic Romance, CdA Cab, Midtown Motors across from Safeway, The Estate Store, A Cup Cake Bakery, Financial Health business by the computer store, The Garnet, Syringa, and on and on and etc, etc.
    Further north are many new businesses; an auto sales lot, a new auto repair building, newly built, I might add. Oh Well, what can we say, except, he spoke before thinking again.

  • Salious posted at 2:36 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Salious Posts: 7

    Why doesn't CdA help our citizens help pay or reduce some of our burdens instead raising our costs of doing their business? I read Post Falls again held the line on raising their citizens taxes. Good Job Post Falls. The previous administrations and departments have had their wages/salaries increased for years. When are the investigations going to begin re: why CdA's wages and salaries are soo much higher than most all cities of their size. I read the reports in previous Press releases and some independent reports I've seen. After the outside, not inside justifications for wage increases or reductions are held...what will be done about it? Business as usual? Other entities, either adjust their employees wages, reduce their work force and spread out the work load through out their organization. Some freeze their current hiring level and lower the new employees beginning wages.
    It's just another day in the high tax zone!

  • Noah Simone posted at 2:24 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Noah Simone Posts: 43

    Great Perspectives. :-)

  • Noah Simone posted at 2:23 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Noah Simone Posts: 43

    Interesting article! :-)

  • downtowncda posted at 10:38 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

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    What do you mean "It's all about the retail floor for LCDC and their cronies?" Take a look at the blueprint. They've cut the space allotted for retail down to practically nothing. Half the first floor is community space. There's only 4 retail spaces - I believe there are two 1200 sq ft units and two 400 sq ft units. (with a lonely studio unit located dead center in the middle - wonder how that's going to work out).The retail space was reduced from the original plan in order to fit more units in - in order to reduce the project from 4 stories to 3 stories because of height complaints.

    This reduction of commercial space further goes against the idea that this project will help to revitalize the midtown commercial area.

  • downtowncda posted at 9:38 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    downtowncda Posts: 709

    I can understand your point of view. I don't agree with it. We are not talking about redeveloping an area to handle shopping for the masses. Midtown is an area in the middle of a residential community and can certainly support business that cater to the local area residents.

    By your way of thinking, there shouldn't be anything here but a ghetto. Midtown is experiencing growth as a result of its location. It's amazing the number of new families that have moved in recently. I had a garage sale last weekend and at one point I had 3 babies in strollers in my small garage. As I sit in my house and look out the window, I'm watching two houses being remodeled and another is getting an addition built on.

    If there were no signs of revitalization in Midtown, I would agree with you and the others. Let them build the project as it stands but that's simply not the case. I have to wonder how you explain any growth that the downtown area has experienced with your point of view. The writing's on the wall.

    Funny you should use Hay street as an example. I was down there in the 70's and got introduced to Carol Doda. She was quite a "friendly" person. She gave me a big ol' bear hug. Thankfully, she was wearing a mink coat. Hay street has nothing to offer as to location. Not a good comparison. A good comparison would be any area of any town that is close to a beautiful body of water. I've lived in beach communities in San Diego and in the Florida Keys, Lake Tahoe, Whitefish, Manchester NH and East of Boston in a town that had a river running through it. In every case - the near waterfront areas were quite nice - not blighted or run down.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:51 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

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    Excellent post. Mine went up a few hundred as well while my assessment is down. Where do you think this money they steal from us goes? That's right, to their already wealthy developer friends. Time to end the LCDC and corporate welfare.

  • Salious posted at 10:51 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Salious Posts: 7

    I'm tired of all the new taxes. We are being taxed out of our home. We are on a fixed income. I haven't seen a single editorial on the new property taxes. We just got our new tax statement. It went up another $400. a year! The City and LCDC never seem to run out of money for all their pet projects such McEuen, artistic NIC and 4th St., "artistic roundabouts, downtown pigeon monuments, etc. We're also paying $400 in school taxes. We just had our street and sidewalk improvement project. We have to pay $320. a year for 10 years to pay that off at 8% interest a year. We know some property owners who had reduced rates or negotiated with the city to pay less or nothing at all. The speed metered street has left driving a challenge to survive as you can not see around the cars upon exiting your property. The trees they installed have been installed in a manner that pedestrians are bothered to point of breaking off limbs to get by. People have been injured by the low hanging branches. The Mid-Town project is talked about with an air of confident arrogance, as though it's already been approved. When does the lunacy end?

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:51 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    wingnut you have been told time and again by many who the stakeholders are but obviously are unable to comprehend.

  • Ziggy posted at 12:03 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Ziggy Posts: 1294

    My objection is that all of these projects end up benefitting people who could well afford to "pay their own way" or "fund their own projects." Why all this corporate welfare?

  • sierra posted at 8:10 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    sierra Posts: 82

    Nobody gets paid for their service's? Why is that? Urban Renewal commissioners are appointed by Mayors; they are not elected by voters. This is done so there is no voter oversight of Urban Renewal Agencies and commissioners. Urban Renewal Districts issue Revenue Bond debt without voter approval or taxpayer oversight. It eliminates your Idaho Constitutional rights to vote on debt. This siphoned money is used for expenses and study's or anything else these non elected people see fit. Im all for change. If its affordable and match's the area your putting it. That belongs in Riverstone not in Midtown.

  • straight up posted at 7:58 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    straight up Posts: 967

    It's all about the retail floor for LCDC and their cronies.

    Just like the Education Corner and oh, by the way...Commercial Waterfront Development.

    CDA people are Turnip Truck Central the way LCDC plays them for the gullible rubes that they are.

  • Why Not posted at 5:21 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Why Not Posts: 5326

    Logical post dts, I'm hoping the CC will tell us who those cronies and stakeholders are as well. I've been asking the same thing for a couple of years and all I get it accusations that I'm one of them and rude insinuations which are all false.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:18 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Actually dits, I am for less government intrusion in the free market system. I disagree with government funding the already wealthy. These grants will come from the rest of us taxpayers to fund a developer for profit venture. Enough is enough. The LCDC needs to go and let new construction stand on its own. If there is a need it WILL be filled. I have served and been chastised by the likes of those that THINK they know what is best for CdA (as well as their pocket book). It has nothing to do with being afraid of change. It has EVERYTHING to do with the likes of people like you that vote for your friends or a recognized name instead the most qualified candidate. You talk about reading? I have read everything put out about the LCDC and their cronies. It is STILL in the works with the new elected officials. You tax the common folk off of their properties to give to the wealthy elitist in this town. They have ruined the small town feel.

  • dtsinidaho posted at 4:38 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 251

    People hate change. The comments on this blog show it. I don't think anyone on this board has read the charter of the LCDC. Their goal is to make changes (for the betterment of all of Cd'A.) So of course everything they do they are criticized greatly for it. Yes, they were getting out of hand a few years ago, but now seem to making the correct decisions. Does anyone here understand how to get things financed as well as the LCDC commissioners we have right now... awesome.. tell the mayor and council persons you want to help Cd'A by being a commissioner. I have scrutinized the LCDC actions and methods from the Nipp to the Bern era.. and I think overall they have been able to get financing that the average (read all) city officials and staff would not have been able to do on their own. I wish Concerned Citizen would OUT himself so that we could understand HIS cronies and why he is so angry about everything in Cd'A.

  • dtsinidaho posted at 4:30 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 251

    LCDC is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are selected by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for five-year terms. Commissioners are not compensated for their service... Fact checking works.. Try it sometime Sierra.

  • dtsinidaho posted at 4:21 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 251

    And you Disillusioned concernedcitizen are a buffoon beyond description. All you do is attack ANYTHING the city does. IF you live here, maybe YOU should get off your BUT(T), and do something instead of criticize everything. You need to leave mommies basement sometime. Tell us WHY you hate Coeur d'Alene so specifically. Do you even live in Cd'A. Do you own a house here? Did you go to school here (or are you still in highschool?) Your constant harping, makes Cd'A look bad. So shutup or put up...

  • jmowreader posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    jmowreader Posts: 1493

    Midtown has BEEN in transition for at least the last forty years. It said "Here be tygers" on the map of Midtown in the 1970s, it says "Here be tygers" on it now, and it will say that on the map of Midtown in the year 2050.

    To turn around an area you need three things.

    First is money. Tons of money. LCDC seems to be able to come up with money when it needs it, so let's say we have that.

    Second are customers. We have those too.

    The most important thing you need is Nowhere Else For People To Go. If you look hard at the "thousands of small towns and cities" that have vibrant downtowns, you'll note one common thread: those places didn't have one centralized place for people to go. Now that the downtown is prettied up, people go there. And then you look at a town like Fayetteville, NC. They consider their downtown to be the area around Hay Street, and for a long time it was a war zone; so many people got killed down there the paper stopped reporting non-fatality stabbings and simple assaults. No one went there, so they decided to revitalize: they tore down the most infamous strip club in the world and built police headquarters in its place, declared the rest of the bars "public nuisances" and removed them, fixed up all the buildings, built a huge museum, got a lot of little boutiques and bars into the empty ones...it's nice there. Really. However, it didn't work. Very few people go down there after 5 pm outside of the "Dickens Holiday" celebration the day after Thanksgiving and maybe the Third Friday art walk...because while downtown was the bad part of town, the good people of the town built up three other gathering areas. And very few people who don't need to talk to the power company go there before 5 because the stuff they sell there, are things only tourists buy. How many "Fayetteville" coffee cups and paintings of dogwood blossoms do you really need?

    How's this apply to Coeur d'Alene? Glad you asked. Our gathering places are Appleway, up by the mall, and on Sherman. We already had our city's renaissance...and it didn't happen on Fourth. And just exactly how much boutique retail can a city with our demographics handle? We're trying to be South Sandpoint sometimes. Problem is, Sandpoint can handle a lot of boutique retail because Sandpoint has something we don't: year-round tourism opportunities. CDA's tourism goes away when it gets too nasty to lie on the beach. Sandpoint has a ski resort we'll never have (because we have no mountain big enough to hold one) as well as their lake. And they seem to have started from the assumption that a picturesque mountain town would draw visitors. We, on the other hand, were always a blue-collar community until the mills closed.

    My recommendation is to stop trying to create a new Sherman Avenue on Fourth and, instead, turn it into a decent place to live. Which this new building will be the start of.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 3:15 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    The LCDC should NOT be in the building industry via their out of town cronies.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 3:15 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    you are a buffoon. Get off of your but go up there and you will realize there are a lot of mom and pop type businesses in midtown.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 3:13 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Do you really think the stakeholders in this town give a rats patootie about ANY local whether they be builder or not? All they see is $$$$$$$$$$$$

  • cdalocal posted at 2:24 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    cdalocal Posts: 156

    This is correct. LCDC should expand it's footprint or create another to cover East Sherman.

  • cdalocal posted at 2:19 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    cdalocal Posts: 156

    The chipping paint was a result of our clever engineering departments idea to paint sidewalk in a high traffic area. Hopefully they have a limited role in this project.

  • cdalocal posted at 12:50 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    cdalocal Posts: 156

    I'm on Fourth St. daily and frequent many of the shops. Fourth St. is a commercial corridor. Most of the houses in the area have been converted to law, insurance, etc offices. Adding a housing project in the middle of this commercial district makes little sense to me.

  • downtowncda posted at 12:43 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    downtowncda Posts: 709

    Midtown is in transition. Right now you have millionaires that frequent Capones and Angelo's mixing with the homeless on 4th street. It could go either way. I understand that for quite a number of years Sherman Ave had more dive bars than anything else.

    In thousands of small towns and cities their formerly rundown downtown areas are being rejuvenated and a fresh new face of thriving small businesses are present. Looking down the road 10 or 20 years, I can see 4th street looking very similar to the better parts of Sherman Ave as it exists today. IF the planning and incentives are in place to accommodate the desired growth.

    I can also see it go the other way - an area for the poor where crime and theft are very high. It will be sad if that happens because the city had the money and time to make the difference but didn't.

  • downtowncda posted at 12:05 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    downtowncda Posts: 709

    Not sure when Midtown faced "extinction". There's been 0% vacancy rate on commercial buildings for quite some time now. The continued viability of this area seems to be proving itself without the addition of subsidized housing.

    The newest businesses are; Kelly's Irish Pub, An architect's office, Shine, a photography studio (adjoining Kelly's), The Exchange Thrift Store, Junk, Fray, Kombucha and a new owner at BoJacks. I understand we will also have a large arts center opening across the street from the project site. New, but more established businesses include Angelo's and Sunflower a specialty florist shop.

    You should see the transformation of what was the old VFW building. It has been completely remodeled into a top notch business office. That building also houses Shine (beauty parlor) which is upscale and features a roll up window wall for summer. The rents and value have more than doubled in this building alone in the last 2 years. It's a great example of what can be done. Of course Capone's is happy now, they get the new project pocket park across from their business.

    If all you see in Midtown are Safeway, Capones and a number of churches, you need to look again.

  • Via Chicago posted at 11:58 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Via Chicago Posts: 14

    Here's the part of the story I don't get:

    (Berns) said if The Housing Company is successful in securing $6 million in tax credits, those credits can be sold to large corporations that are seeking federal tax write-offs.
    Corporations can get a dollar-for-dollar write-off for each credit they purchase, Berns said.
    "So if Exxon buys $6 million worth of credits, they can write off $6 million in federal taxes."

    Basically, if this Boise developer gets the tax credits, they will end up with $6 million CASH to build these apartments?

    Good luck competing against that if you're a builder.

  • CDAforALL posted at 11:54 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    It's not within the current LCDC boundary. On top of that, I think the East side is probably getting pretty tired of housing projects and their impact.

  • jmowreader posted at 11:44 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    jmowreader Posts: 1493

    I really need to know: Has anyone who's complaining about how this project is going to damage Fourth Street, actually BEEN to Fourth Street? Not "25 years ago when the Army recruiter was still down there," but within the past month or so? News flash: It's a pit. It's a row of pawn shops, bars, tattoo parlors, thrift stores and empty buildings. (I was going to say "north of Lakeside," but the block between Sherman and Lakeside contains two bars, a tattoo parlor and an empty building.)

    The only thing I don't like about this project is the 4000 square feet of commercial space. Coeur d'Alene is SO overbuilt with commercial space south of Appleway, we can't give away half what we already have. Consider the new building at Seventh and Sherman - the one with Subway in it. It's been running at 20 percent occupancy since they opened it. The businesses that are "flocking" to town are "flocking" to north of Appleway. The best thing to do here is to forget the commercial space and fill the bottom floor with ground-level apartments - which people like.

  • Ziggy posted at 11:23 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Ziggy Posts: 1294

    Some of these so called "affordable housing" projects charge $700-800 a month rent. On 8.50 an hour, does this really add up to affordable housing?

  • Flash Gordon posted at 10:41 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1679

    The viability of midtown has always been problematic. It is my personal belief that Safeway and Capones are the anchor of midtown. There are other businesses there amongst a number of churches within a residential neighborhood.

    Any project that brings in "wage earners" can only help to benefit the continued viability of an area that once faced "extinction". Ms Capone seems to suggest that chicken little is wrong in this instance........

  • cd1013 posted at 10:22 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    cd1013 Posts: 248

    Why isn't this being considered for RiverStone. It has the most concentration of low wage jobs, it has the City Link Depot and routes that go West towards Post Falls. When are the elected "city leaders" going to find their backbone and put a stop to this continue waste of tax payer funds? If the last LCDC project in Midtown is any indication the paint will be chipping off this lame project as soon as it drys.

  • babydriver posted at 10:10 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

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  • downtowncda posted at 9:21 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

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    The location is a puzzlement. If you want to revitalize a business district, is this how it's done? Will future business and building owners choose to locate in Midtown because it's close to a subsidized housing unit complex? Will the houses in the area become more attractive because they are located near a thriving subsidized housing development? I think not.

    This is an area that is just a few blocks North of the new park, the boat ramp and the resort activities. It is a perfect walking or bicycling distance for the neighborhood residents as well as the tourists visiting downtown. Why not have a little foresight and see the potential for this area and plan accordingly?

    Several new business owners and new residents are very disappointed in the direction the city is moving on this project. Local real estate agents have noticed a tremendous increase in residential sales recently in the Midtown area. When asked why, they said "because everyone wants to live downtown".

    Midtown is indeed going to be considered "downtown" in the future. Why stick a red herring in the middle of a naturally attractive portion of the city? If you don't want Midtown to consist of tattoo parlors, bars and thrift stores, do something to increase the rents and values of the existing buildings. This project is not going to do a thing to raise values in the area.

    Subsidized housing is only attractive to more subsidized housing. Is this the direction the city wants to take Midtown?

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:56 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    Taxpayer-funded "workforce" housing = corporate welfare. Why not just pay a living wage? The people who live in this future ghetto will be unable to get a better job for fear of losing their housing. It is a trap. It is dependency. It is Uncle Sam's plantation.

  • REDLINE posted at 8:55 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    REDLINE Posts: 101

    Now TARGET'S tent city can relocate to a brick and mortar facility in midtown! The bums can get their tatoo's, thrift store clothing, lunch at Capone's and a good workout at the Kroc Center with free transportation courtesy of Citilink buses.


  • downtowncda posted at 8:31 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

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    I have mixed feelings about the project. I live right across the street from the location. I asked, at the last meeting, how the development project went from condo's up and retail down to subsidized housing. The housing company rep indicated that to build for condos would have been much more expensive.

    That leads me to believe that condo's were never really being considered at all. Just something to gain public favor at the time perhaps?

    Income requirements are key information. A simple call to THC rep would answered the question for the reporter. I believe it was around 17k which would not allow for part time or minimum wage workers. That would be about 8.75 per hour full time.

    I also asked about building supervision. The THC rep stated that an in house building manager must be in place at all times. It is a requirement of the fed gov in the days, months or years ahead.

    The part I do not care for at all is the soaring roof design. I asked the architect what was up there in the last 10 feet of the roofline and he said nothing. No ac unit, no ducts or pipes. Why then, if there is obvious concern about building height by local residents do they choose a design that looks like someone set a couple of brown barns on top that contain nothing and do nothing except eat up another 10 feet of skyline?

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:22 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

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    "The developer of the project, The Housing Company from Boise, is planning to compete this fall for federal tax credit financing to fund the project."

    So this is a "FOR PROFIT" venture by a developer who will own these apartments and funded by us taxpayers.... AGAIN!

    Tony and the LCDC needs to go bye bye.

    Here's a thought PHONY Tony. Why not get your stakeholder buddies to PAY more in wages then people could afford a REAL home instead of your government (taxpayer) funded cubicles.

  • Mahiun posted at 8:19 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Mahiun Posts: 5635

    Why would building a project in Midtown prevent a similar project being built in the East Sherman area? Why would it have to be one or the other?

  • bluidevl posted at 8:10 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    bluidevl Posts: 143

    AWESOME! more apartments! Maybe we should start working on that new jail soon, looks like they will actually need the space! If we actually built a new prison here locally, it would be much more convenient for the parole officers to keep tabs on their cases. A one stop shopping if you will....

  • wwrd posted at 7:55 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    wwrd Posts: 243

    "We are still in the process of gathering input on the design." Say Tony Burns of LCDC. So now local non elected high paid government employees are able to tax our properties more so that they can design buildings and chose who builds them and where they go? What has happened to supply and demand? Where did free market principles go? A local builder or investor can not compete with government when he or she is forced to pay taxes to give to their competitor who gets a break on fees and whose development will not have the same tax and regulatory burdens. The definition of Fascism is privately owned business 'controlled' by government.

  • oscar posted at 7:19 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

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    It doesn't really matter to me what business owner Capone says, I would have liked the Press to have interviewed regular home owners in the area for their opinion. The apts and duplexes in my area look terrible and are not kept up well, lets hope midtown works out better.

  • RL posted at 7:17 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    RL Posts: 161

    "Affordable workforce" = part-time waiters and car wash guys. Just what a "tourist" community needs. It also will double to complete the City's "end homelessness" campaign. Does Tony Berns live in one of these swell "live,work,play" projects? Who wouldn't want to live in a 450 SF studio stacked on top of tattoo parlors?

    Nice reporting Mr. Selle.... "He said he was unsure of the exact income requirements, and Housing Company Director Douglas Peterson could not be reached for comment Monday."
    Something of such major impact to the people there and you couldn't wait until you got the facts to write the story?

  • sierra posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    sierra Posts: 82

    This is absurd. Lcdc is a joke. Paying them outrageous salaries to do what was the elected officials responsibility. This entity just takes the grief away from others that should be bearing the responsibility for making decisions like this and PAYS them. Most of the time they are right. I'm just saying anyone can be right most of the time. I don't think this one is right put it at the east end of sherman. Not an entrance to the Garden District. Surrounding this area with health assistance hang outs and low income housing will just create the east end of Sherman in this area. This is not the stay and play atmosphere of riverstone. This is the garden district, one area that makes cda and you will start to break down the feeling with this. Tear down one of those crack shack motels and put it up there. Not in Midtown. Sry for the rant.Thank you for reading.

  • cdalocal posted at 6:27 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    cdalocal Posts: 156

    This project should clearly be on the east end of Sherman. The buildings across from Capone's are artsy and fit midtown well. East Sherman is less utilized and could really use some help. I've been supportive of LCDC in the past, but they're really dropping the ball on this one.

  • LMYCDA posted at 4:10 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Why not find property on the east end of Sherman and build this type of housing there. I think it would be a much better place than right in the middle of commercial businesses. But, we all know, LCDC knows best what to do with our TAX MONEY!!

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