Council tables downtown residential development agreement to consider affordable housing component
Proposed $7 million development along downtown's northern edge would include 24 single-family homes
After a lengthy discussion at their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council voted 7-0 to table discussion of a proposed development agreement that would bring 24 single-family homes to a vacant city-owned 4.51-acre parcel behind Barnet Park on the northern edge of Downtown Spartanburg. Under the terms of the Development Agreement, the city would convey property to the developer for $100 and would additionally agree to make improvements to Silver Hill Street at an estimated cost of $80,000.
Several Council members voiced concerns over the estimated purchase price of the homes, which the developer estimated to start at around $275,000, and voted to table the agreement to allow City staff and the developer to consider options for a "workforce" housing component for the project that would allow some percentage of the homes to be affordable for residents near the city's median income level of around $41,000 per earner.
Also at Monday's meeting, Council voted 4-3 to approve changes to the City's traffic calming ordinance that would allow those renting a property to vote on neighborhood traffic calming measures. Previously, only a property owner could vote on such measures. Council members Hyde, Anderson, and Littlejohn voted against the measure.
For more from Monday's City Council meeting, see the full video below.