Urbana council OKs sale of Harvey Street property to Habitat

Urbana council OKs sale of Harvey Street property to Habitat

Hear from Mayor Diane Marlin Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. on WDWS.

URBANA — The city council on Monday signed off on selling city-owned property on Harvey Street to Habitat of Humanity of Champaign County, which plans to build a house there.

The sale of 909 N. Harvey St., near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and King Park, is part of a city goal of "providing decent affordable-housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households," according to a council report.

This development will add onto the 48 single-family homes Habitat has built in Urbana's King School, Woodland Park and East Water Street neighborhoods.

Urbana will now save around $450 per year in maintenance costs incurred by the Community Development Block Grant, according to the report.

That block grant is part of the Property Acquisition Demolition Disposition Program, through which the city initially acquired the property.

The program's intent, according to the report, is for the city to "purchase, clear, improve and maintain lots in order to promote and support the development of affordable-housing opportunities."

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