County to help with housing grant

Commissioners agreed to sign on to a grant application with Thrive Allen County after reassurances they would not buy land without having a developer ready to take it over.

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September 29, 2021 - 10:11 AM

Jonathon Goering, Thrive Allen County economic development director, far left, talks with Commissioner Jerry Daniels about a housing grant opportunity. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

If the county is going to buy land for future housing development, a developer needs to be found first.

That was the general consensus of Allen County Commissioners, who got more clarification about a recent proposal from Thrive Allen County.

Thrive wants to apply for a state housing grant to purchase between 10 and 12 vacant properties they could use as an incentive to developers. The grant requires the participation of a city or county.

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