City Council of Columbus Approves Grant for Housing Development Project
Columbus, Nebraska is set to have a new subdivision constructed in the coming months, pending approval from relevant authorities. NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska is behind the project, which is planned to consist of approximately 70 new housing units in the Quail Meadows subdivision, situated just south of Columbus, close to the Quail Run Golf Course. The Columbus City Council has already approved a $390,000 grant from the city’s local 840 economic development fund to support the project. NeighborWorks also secured a $500,000 grant from the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund, contingent on the provision of matching local funds.
According to the resolution, around 15 of the housing units will be reserved for sale to families whose household income is at or below 120% of the area median income limits established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Izaguirre, a representative from NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska, provided further details on the housing units, stating that there will be 51 single-family homes for sale, as well as 20 townhomes, which are essentially duplexes, and nine triplexes, which could be sold or rented. The triplexes may come with down payment assistance, but this is yet to be confirmed.
If all goes according to plan, construction on the new subdivision will begin this fall. The development of the subdivision is expected to make a significant contribution to the affordable housing market in Columbus.
In other news, two city-owned parks in Columbus are undergoing improvement projects. Gerrard Park’s tennis and pickleball courts are set to be renovated by Sand Creek Construction Company, with the council approving an agreement for design services at a cost of $45,000. Work is scheduled to begin this summer, with the project slated for completion by the end of the calendar year. Meanwhile, a design-build delivery system has been selected for the potential construction of a splash pad at Centennial Park, which could be funded in part by a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant, with construction tentatively scheduled for 2024.
Lastly, as part of the 23rd Street corridor redevelopment plan, the Community Development Agency (CDA) has approved improvement grants for homeowners and businesses. The CDA has set aside a percentage of tax-increment financing (TIF) funds to be used for beautification projects such as façade improvements and landscaping. The first grant was awarded to homeowner Jeffrey A. Endorf, for $15,000, to be put towards the cost of replacing siding, doors, windows, trims and gutters on his home. The second grant, also for $15,000, was awarded to Schaefer Investment LLC for work to be completed at the Big 10 Sports Bar and Grill, which will include landscaping and an awning over the outdoor seating area. The grant amount will be reimbursed once the work is complete.