Prompted by the potential — and current inability — to provide affordable housing in Azalea Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency agreed at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the CRA Board’s plan.
At a March 7 meeting, the CRA discussed housing at Azalea Park when George Curtis, the city’s director of planning/zoning and development, pointed out the current plan prohibits the CRA from addressing the need for affordable housing, according to minutes from that meeting.
Tuesday night, Curtis presented to the board a resolution, which was approved, that would streamline the process for amending the plan, both now to provide the CRA the ability to act on housing at Azalea Park and for future needs.
“It was brought up most recently because of Azalea Park and the opportunities that exist over there and the fact that we want to broaden the scope of what the CRA can do in various areas to include a residential component that would support new housing,” he told the board. “So we could bring residents in and reestablish neighborhoods and hopefully Azalea Park is a great starting point for that.
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