Low-income complex clears hurdle in Prosser, WA

A proposed low-income apartment complex cleared a major hurdle Tuesday as the City Council narrowly approved changes to the city’s growth plan that will allow it.

To a chorus of boos and grumbles from a crowd of about 70 people at the Princess Theatre, the Prosser City Council members passed the land-use change 4-3.

Morgan Everett, Steve Becken, Ernie Troemel and Randy Taylor approved, while Dick Poteet, Terry Chambers and Jason Rainer opposed.

“We have to be for the people,” Troemel said.

Catholic Charities Housing Services, a Yakima nonprofit agency, has proposed building in stages over 10 years up to 121 units on 11.6 unincorporated acres on North River Road. To win approval, the agency applied for a land-use change from medium to high-density housing on the city’s growth plan, required by the state’s Growth Management Act.

Most residents opposed the development, saying it will lower property values, attract crime, overburden the community’s schools and blemish the city’s small-town image. Others complained it was too much growth for an area made up mostly of rural homes.

Read remainder of the story at the Yakima Herald

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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