On Tuesday evening, Meridian City Council unanimously voted to approve an affordable housing project.
The Housing Company, a local non-profit focused on affordable housing, wants to build 52 units of affordable housing at 1160 W Ustick Rd. between Linder and Meridian Rd- close to Settler’s Park.
The apartment units would be spread across eight buildings. There would be a mix of ‘comfortable’ one, two, and three-bedroom units, the application letter said.
The community would have several amenities, including a clubhouse with a community room, kitchen seating and tables, and a laundry room. There would also be a playground and a park area. Inside unit amenities include central air condition, on-site storage for each unit, either a patio or deck, and camera surveillance.
Property management would be on-site at the clubhouse. The application letter said there would be 115 vehicle parking spaces, including 52 covered spots.
“The proposed housing community will provide two-story garden-style units that will blend in nicely with the residential neighborhoods nearby and fit well with the Future Land Use Designation of Mixed-Use Community,” the application letter said.
The application said the housing will be for people at sixty percent of the county median income, noting that is ‘desperately needed in Meridian.’
Toward the end of the meeting councilmember, Brad Hoaglun called this a ‘win-win’ type of project.
“It’s not often we get to talk about affordable housing, workforce housing, and that’s kind of exciting,” he said. “So it’s not like the old days when it was government housing. This is a win-win where the government provides some tax credits for private industry to come in and build up a quality product and maintain that asset for long term. And in the process, it helps people who are out there working and just need something that’s more affordable, especially in the market that we’ve seen right now.”