Frisco affordable housing project a go
FRISCO – An affordable housing project five years in the making is about to come to fruition in Frisco.South End Village, formerly known as the Belford Street affordable housing development, received a unanimous thumbs-up from the Frisco Planning Commission Thursday.The vote gave developer Rob Dick the go-ahead to construct four duplexes and two single-family homes on the open parcel across from Frisco Elementary School on the corner of Belford Street and Seventh Avenue.”We’re very proud of this,” Dick said. “We think it’s going to be a welcome addition to this neighborhood.”
Dick scaled back the development’s original 12 units to 10 when neighbors complained that the project’s density was out of character with the surrounding area.Dick expects the off-site construction of the modular units to begin this month, in hopes of having the homes ready for residents by the end of the summer.Six of the units will be priced at $185,000 – for families earning 80 percent of area median income (AMI); two will be priced at $199,500 – for families earning 100 percent of AMI.For a family of four, the AMI is $78,400; for a family of two it’s $62,700.The two single-family homes will sell for about $325,000.
“I think you guys have worked hard to please the neighbors, and I think it’s a good project,” planning commissioner Nancy Stone said.Although Dick had already addressed neighbors’ biggest concerns, some arrived at Thursday’s meeting with a few more requests.Boulder resident Mildred Lasswell, who owns a second home on Belford Street, hoped the new residents would be included in a neighborhood association that would ensure proper measures be taken “if somebody’s flagrantly violating community standards.”Dick assured that the South End Village residents would be part of a fee-paying homeowners association and hoped they would be included in any existing formal or informal neighborhood groups.”It has been our intent from the beginning to prove that affordable housing can be a good neighbor,” Dick said.
Dick agreed to Seventh Avenue resident John Mesko’s request for a 6-foot privacy fence along his property, which will abut the development’s parking area. Dick also agreed to install down-cast outdoor lighting and to increase the number of trees near the project’s entrance.Nearby resident Jeff Andrew wondered about the possibility of restricting the number of renters to whom the future homeowners might lease individual rooms, “so we don’t end up with 20 people in one unit.”But Summit Housing Authority director Bonnie Osborne said she was unaware of any restrictions on the number of renters, as long as the owner continues to occupy the unit.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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