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East Spencer to discuss conditional use permit request for transitional housing

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

EAST SPENCER — The town board will discuss a conditional use permit request by a resident who wants to use a property as transitional housing for young adults.

The board will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m., 105 S. Long St.

Jamilla Kennedy, the owner of 104 S. Long St., made the petition but the town must first open the request up to a public hearing. The closest definition for this use within the current zoning ordinance is boarding house. The current use table doesn’t identify the conditional use permit as an option for a boarding house in the general business zone.

A public hearing will have to be scheduled at the board’s next meeting, May 1.

The board will also discuss a conditional use permit for 110 S. Long St., the former East Spencer High School, also called 1909 East. The property is currently owned by the town, but the broader goal is to partner with a developer to provide multifamily housing within the general business district.

The preliminary planning for the building is part of the Long Street Corridor Study. The request will also need to be discussed further during a public hearing to be set for May 1.

The board is also expected to approve its audit contract and Section 3 plan and guidelines. The Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968, which helps to promote homeownership and self-sufficiency.

The program requires recipients of certain HUD financial assistance provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low- income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

 

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