By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
City and Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. today at Lincoln Square. An open house also will be held in the home under construction in the new development.
The development will be composed of 10 homes on a city-owned block at 18th and Locust streets. It is the site of the former Lincoln Elementary School. After the school was closed by the Pittsburg School District, it was transformed into the city’s largest day care operation, the Family Resource Center. After the center vacated the building in 2010, it was razed.
The City Commission discussed selling the block to a developer or using the site for a community storm shelter. It ultimately approved a request last fall by the city’s housing specialist, Deena Hallacy, to embark on a housing project for moderate-income residents.
Recognizing that such homes are needed in communities throughout the state, the Kansas Housing Resources Corp. was offering up $2.3 million in funding. Last fall, Pittsburg was selected as one of eight cities to be awarded funding. Its $280,000 share is being used for Lincoln Square.
Six weeks ago, Home Center Construction began work on the first of 10 homes slated for the block. It is to be a 1,200-square-foot, cottage-style home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a purchase price of $120,000 to $125,000. It will include a rear-access garage and a storm safe room, and is required to meet energy efficiency guidelines and be accessible for the disabled.
Hallacy said the builder is looking for a qualified homebuyer. The city also is accepting applications for the remaining lots.
“Three of the 10 lots have been purchased, and we are asking that anyone interested in buying property in Pittsburg with approval from a lender contact us for the eligibility guidelines,” Hallacy said.
Those interested may contact Hallacy at City Hall to complete a short application.
THE HOMES ARE FOR THOSE who have an annual income of between 60 and 150 percent of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s state median income guidelines. For a two-person family, that would mean an annual income of between $22,195 and $55,488. For a four-person family, the range would be $32,640 to $81,600.