Spartanburg City Council favors affordable downtown housing option


This decision followed after several City Council members reacted over the estimated purchase price of the homes.   Contributed image

The Spartanburg City Council unanimously voted to table a proposed development agreement to bring 24 single-family homes to a 4.51-acre vacant city-owned land behind Barnet Park. The city would also convey the property to the developer for $100 and make improvements to Silver Hill Street for around $80,000.

This decision followed after several City Council members reacted over the estimated purchase price of the homes. Initially, the developer said it would cost around $275,000. As a course of action, it was agreed upon after a lengthy discussion last Monday to table the agreement. 

The meeting ended with allowing city staff and the developer to consider options for an affordable housing for the city’s residents with a median income level of around $41,000. 

During the same meeting, the City Council voted 4-3 to approve changes to the traffic ordinance allowing those renting a property to vote on neighborhood traffic calming measures. 

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