Council to discuss workforce housing

Published 5:49 pm Saturday, April 4, 2015

The city of Austin could sponsor a workforce housing project.

The Austin City Council will discuss Monday whether to join a proposed workforce housing project through the Austin Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Though the project appears to be in its early stages, the HRA has identified Three Rivers Community Action as a potential developer based on their work on a similar project in Northfield. In addition, the HRA will ask whether the city would be interested in creating a Tax Increment Finance district for the project.

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City officials have taken an interest in workforce housing over the past few months after the Austin City Council passed a landlord registration ordinance in December. City Administrator Craig Clark recently spoke to a state Senate committee over a workforce housing bill authored by Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, which would provide more incentives for cities in Greater Minnesota to obtain workforce housing.

The council will also get an update on the Austin Fire Department’s fire station roof project, discuss a proposed sewer project for the Turtle Creek 1 neighborhood and consider a capital improvement plan for the new Austin Utilities central administrative facility.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday inside City Council Chambers.