Ft. Webb Subdivision's Future Up In Air

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The "Fort Webb Subdivision" would use a combination of state and federal money to provide affordable housing to low and middle-income families who are currently renting.

Some city commissioners want the city to re-do its master plan to use state grant money to provide roads and utilities to the project.

But the Mayor and others say funding should come from a bond issue.

"I think just hold on there and hang in there, and we will find a way to do this in the near term in the very near future," Mayor Elaine Walker said.

"The question is whether we go borrow money or whether we use money we have availalbe now. I'm a very conservative person by nature, and I'd rather use the money we have available now," Commissioner Mark Alcott said. Alcott favors diverting the Community Development Block Grant funding to the Fort Webb project.

But Mayor Walker says that money was meant for home renovations in the St. Jospeh's neighborhood, and those homeowners are counting on a promise kept. Commissioner Alcott says St. Joe's homeowners will already get $200,000 in home renovation funds regardless.

"We're not fighting against the city or anybody else, we just wanna build a subdivision for affordable homes," said Abraham Williams, director of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green.

The Housing Authority is asking the city to de-annex them if they can't come up with the promised money, so they can re-apply for more money with the county.

If the city wants to divert CDBG money, it will have to get an extension from the state government, a decision that is still pending.

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