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City agrees to waive fees for Pine Haven Townhomes
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The Bemidji City Council has agreed to discount 10 percent of specific city fees required for the development a low- and moderate-income housing project.

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The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted 5-0 to waive a total of $8,389 from anticipated building and SAC/WAC (sewer and water connection) fees for Pine Haven Townhomes. The figure was proposed by Councilor Roger Hellquist, who came up with the figure by taking 10 percent off the total of the expected fees ($83,893).

Developers cannot yet guarantee the housing project will be built. They have applied for funding through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, which awards additional points toward financing if the host city contributes financial support to such projects.

Hellquist said he was "not willing to open the pocketbook too far" but noted that low- and moderate-income housing has been a priority for the city.

"I think the overall project will be a nice addition," he said.

Pine Haven Townhomes is proposed to be a 32-unit townhome development located north of 15th Street Northwest near the site of the Headwaters Housing Development Commission's supportive housing project.

According to a council handout:

E 28 Pine Haven units would target families with income is 60 percent (or less) of the Area Medium Income for Beltrami County. The target income range will be $17,800 to $35,300.

E 4 units would be for homeless families, who would be referred to the development by Bi-CAP, which will provide the supportive services necessary for the nearby HRDC project.

E Construction, if financing is secured, would be complete in April 2011.

Bill Reinke, the executive director of the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, fielded questions from the council.

Councilor Ron Johnson wondered whether it would be more beneficial for points to have a larger discount on one fee or a smaller discount on multiple fees. Reinke said he would prefer to have discounts to SAC/WAC fees and the building permit fee rather than deeper discounts to one or the other.

The council on May 17 approved a resolution of support for the Pine Haven project. The resolution stated that the council agreed to waive a portion of building permit and SAC/WAC fees, but on June 7, when the council was asked to specify the amount that could be waived, the council opted to not take action.

Y bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji City Council has agreed to discount 10 percent of specific city fees required for the development a low- and moderate-income housing project.

The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted 5-0 to waive a total of $8,389 from anticipated building and SAC/WAC (sewer and water connection) fees for Pine Haven Townhomes. The figure was proposed by Councilor Roger Hellquist, who came up with the figure by taking 10 percent off the total of the expected fees ($83,893).

Developers cannot yet guarantee the housing project will be built. They have applied for funding through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, which awards additional points toward financing if the host city contributes financial support to such projects.

Hellquist said he was "not willing to open the pocketbook too far" but noted that low- and moderate-income housing has been a priority for the city.

"I think the overall project will be a nice addition," he said.

Pine Haven Townhomes is proposed to be a 32-unit townhome development located north of 15th Street Northwest near the site of the Headwaters Housing Development Commission's supportive housing project.

According to a council handout:

E 28 Pine Haven units would target families with income is 60 percent (or less) of the Area Medium Income for Beltrami County. The target income range will be $17,800 to $35,300.

E 4 units would be for homeless families, who would be referred to the development by Bi-CAP, which will provide the supportive services necessary for the nearby HRDC project.

E Construction, if financing is secured, would be complete in April 2011.

Bill Reinke, the executive director of the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, fielded questions from the council.

Councilor Ron Johnson wondered whether it would be more beneficial for points to have a larger discount on one fee or a smaller discount on multiple fees. Reinke said he would prefer to have discounts to SAC/WAC fees and the building permit fee rather than deeper discounts to one or the other.

The council on May 17 approved a resolution of support for the Pine Haven project. The resolution stated that the council agreed to waive a portion of building permit and SAC/WAC fees, but on June 7, when the council was asked to specify the amount that could be waived, the council opted to not take action.

bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji City Council has agreed to discount 10 percent of specific city fees required for the development a low- and moderate-income housing project.

The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted 5-0 to waive a total of $8,389 from anticipated building and SAC/WAC (sewer and water connection) fees for Pine Haven Townhomes. The figure was proposed by Councilor Roger Hellquist, who came up with the figure by taking 10 percent off the total of the expected fees ($83,893).

Developers cannot yet guarantee the housing project will be built. They have applied for funding through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, which awards additional points toward financing if the host city contributes financial support to such projects.

Hellquist said he was "not willing to open the pocketbook too far" but noted that low- and moderate-income housing has been a priority for the city.

"I think the overall project will be a nice addition," he said.

Pine Haven Townhomes is proposed to be a 32-unit townhome development located north of 15th Street Northwest near the site of the Headwaters Housing Development Commission's supportive housing project.

According to a council handout:

- 28 Pine Haven units would target families with income is 60 percent (or less) of the Area Medium Income for Beltrami County. The target income range will be $17,800 to $35,300.

- 4 units would be for homeless families, who would be referred to the development by Bi-CAP, which will provide the supportive services necessary for the nearby HRDC project.

- Construction, if financing is secured, would be complete in April 2011.

Bill Reinke, the executive director of the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, fielded questions from the council.

Councilor Ron Johnson wondered whether it would be more beneficial for points to have a larger discount on one fee or a smaller discount on multiple fees. Reinke said he would prefer to have discounts to SAC/WAC fees and the building permit fee rather than deeper discounts to one or the other.

The council on May 17 approved a resolution of support for the Pine Haven project. The resolution stated that the council agreed to waive a portion of building permit and SAC/WAC fees, but on June 7, when the council was asked to specify the amount that could be waived, the council opted to not take action.

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Bethany Wesley
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