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Low-income housing project a go in Sunnyside

Twelve new houses apparently have the go-ahead as part of a Catholic Charities Housing Services project for low-income families.

The 12 single family residences are planned to be located on 1.6 acres on the corner of Beckner Alley and McClain Drive.

Unlike the Catholic Charities previous housing project in Sunnyside at 16th Street and Sheller Road, the project now in the planning stages does not require action by the Sunnyside City Council or planning commission.

That's according to City Attorney Mark Kunkler, who said by phone this morning that City Planner Jamey Ayling has been working closely with Catholic Charities on the project.

"It sounds like it's a go. I'm assuming if there were any issue (that required city action) I'd hear about it," Kunkler said. "If it's permitted under existing code then there would be no need for a city land use decision."

Kunkler also noted another difference between this and the previous Catholic Charities project, the 12 homes now in the planning stage will be owner occupied by low income families. The project on Sheller and 16th consists of rental units and duplexes.

City officials see the home ownership as a positive for the Beckner Alley/McClain Drive neighborhood.

"We felt a single family residential development better addressed the neighborhood up there," Kunkler said.

According to a legal notice appearing in today's newspaper, public comments or views by those who disagree with the federally funded housing project will be received in writing by the Sunnyside Planning Department until Thursday, Oct. 30. The written comments and/or complaints will be considered by the city of Sunnyside prior to releasing the project funds.

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