Council OKs infrastructure for housing subdivision

 A new housing subdivision, Champions Crossing, received a boost last Monday evening, June 17, when the City Council unanimously approved a request for water, electrical and sewer services, as well as a street, for the housing development.

The subdivision had received Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council approval last month.

Initially, the plan is to construct two spec homes on the site, just west of the Wilderness Falls development.  The Excel Development Group initiated the idea.

EDGE Executive Director Beckie Cromer introduced council members to the plans during Monday evening’s meeting.  She also provided a timeline that detailed the project’s progress.  Should the development be successful, chances for additional homes in the Champions Crossing subdivision are certainly possible.

The infrastructure improvements had been endorsed by the Board of Public Works.

Mrs. Cromer said plans are to repay the Utility Department for costs.  The estimated cost to extend utilities and 31st Street to the west are estimated at $40,000.

The EDGE Executive Director pointed to the increased real estate tax revenue that will result from the project.  Lots available for new housing in Falls City are rather sparse and it is believed that Champions Crossing will help fulfill that need.

Councilman Don Ferguson and Mayor Tim Hersh both welcomed back Councilman Steve Scholl, who had been sidelined with a medical emergency.

In other developments, the council:

—Held a public hearing and then approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment to the Municipal Zoning code in regard to warehouse-type buildings.  This amendment is designed to protect primary industries and create jobs.

—Held a public hearing and then moved to authorize Mayor Hersh to sign the application for a $316,250 CDB grant for owner occupied rehabilitation.

 —Voted to give council endorsement to a Spirit Shoppe request for a special designated liquor license for a Sept. 14 reception/dance at Prichard Auditorium.  Councilperson Judy Murphy voted “no.”




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