Lafayette Street housing update expected at Redevelopment Commission

emoody@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 7, 2013 

An affordable housing development is planned for Beaufort's Lafayette Street.

An update on a affordable housing project in Beaufort is expected at tonight’s Redevelopment Commission meeting.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the planning conference room at City Hall, 1911 Boundary St.

In November, Beaufort City Council agreed to give almost an acre of land at 1403 Lafayette St. to developers Eric Brown, Brad Bowden and Lance Gooding. In exchange, the developers agreed to build affordable homes and make improvements to public infrastructure, such as sidewalks, streets and lighting.

The agreement included strict deadlines that will void the contract if missed; for example, developers must obtain a $152,000 bond to pay for streetscape improvements that must be completed within a year. They must also apply for the first building permit within six months of the agreement and complete the first building within six months of the permit being issued.

A new building is expected about every six months, according to the agreement.

In November, Brown was optimistic construction could begin mid-spring.

Preliminary plans were for six to seven single-family homes, although one of the buildings might be a duplex. Each home would have two or three bedrooms, be 1,000 to 1,200 square feet and priced between $169,000 and $189,000, Brown said.

The commission meeting will also include committee reports and update on development on the Beaufort Downtown Marina and on Depot Road. For more, check back with the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet later today, or pick up a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper. Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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