*For an update on this project, visit this blog entry.
On Tuesday, after three hours of public comment and debate, the Council directed City staff to go forward with the Affordable Housing RFP process that has been in discussion this last month. Our unofficial tally of community members who commented was 36 (19 for, 17 against).
This project covers the allocation of three city-owned parcels of land (Izabel South, behind Cedar Safeway, and off 180 across from FALA) for a private development of a combined maximum of 65 affordable housing units.
F3 has supporting this affordable housing project since it first appeared before Council in May. We are very satisfied that the Council decided by a 5-2 vote to go forward with it. This project addresses the needs of Flagstaff’s most vulnerable residents, and works to alleviate the affordable housing crisis in Flagstaff. That being said, we honor and respect the concerns that were brought up by multiple community members on Tuesday regarding the 180 parcel. Issues of traffic congestion, view shed and open space loss, Prairie Dog relocation, and access to essential services were all mentioned, and things we consider important to take into account for this particular parcel.
Now that this project moves forward, City staff will issue an RFP (Request for Proposals) to the development community, and determine the most agreeable candidate. This candidate will come before the Council for a final vote on the plans before going into construction. This means there is still an opportunity for public process, and there will be community meetings held about any proposal candidates come up with.
Thank you to City Staff for their hard work selecting and explaining their process at the meeting!
Thank you to City Staff for their hard work selecting the three parcels and explaining their process at the meeting!
And, thank you to all those who expressed their opinions on the project!
We are committed to continuing our work to make Flagstaff more livable and look forward to working with interested community members to plan strategically about how our community can address our ongoing affordability issue.