“We’re real tickled that we’ve moved ahead on this,” said Mayor Denny Centers.
Since the Journal-News first reported the proposed project, the city has received inquiries from several developers, according to city officials.
Lewis said the next step would be to put out a request for proposals to developers who might be interested in developing the housing project.
Law Director Donnette Fisher said there is a big demand for this type of housing.
“These would be single story patio-style homes that would be bought in a condominium-type arrangement and (residents) would not own the property,” she said. “Unlike a homeowner’s association, a condominium association cannot be dissolved.”
Fisher said the city would also require that the homes be handicap accessible and there will be deed restrictions.
“This will not be a nursing home or an assisted care facility,” she said. “This will look like a subdivision.”
Fisher said the request for proposals to developers would go out in August and received in mid-September. She said there may be a citizens committee appointed to review the proposals. After council gets community feedback and approves a proposal, the project will go to the Planning Commission for its approval.