City discusses housing

Fairview chosen as location for project

By Joe P. Asher -

The Harlan City Council received news that a Cumberland Valley Housing Authority project is slated to be constructed in Fairview.

Mayor Danny Howard introduced Regional Director for Cumberland Valley Housing Authority Mike Coldiron to the council.

Coldiron explained the CVHA subsidizes housing costs for low-income people.

“Our board has been very concerned with improving the housing selection,” Coldiron said.

Coldiron said the CVHA was awarded a $6.5 million grant to build 32 family units in the city of Harlan.

“It takes about three acres for 32 units,” Coldiron said.

Coldiron explained the location must have water, sewer and be near stores and schools.

“We ended up on River Street in Fairview,” Coldiron said. “I’d say it will be 24 two-bedroom family dwellings and about eight (three-bedroom units)…we hope to break ground sometime this fall.”

Coldiron added the projected opening date for the units should be next spring.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Coldiron said. “We just don’t see any negative things about the project.”

Howard added the city will make money in the form of property taxes collected.

“It’s a business,” Howard said. “It’s not like other public housing…I’m excited for the city. I’m excited for the schools because they’re always looking for new revenue sources.”

In other council activity:

• The first reading of the city’s budget for the next fiscal year was approved;

• Harlan City Police Chief Mike Thomas reported a transmission was replaced on one of the city’s police cruisers. He also reported his department received 3,458 calls, produced 14 accident reports, opened 7 criminal cases, issued 84 citations and performed 46 arrests;

• Harlan City Fire Chief Linette Hutchison reported her department performed one residential inspection, completed 111 hours of training and responded to 12 calls.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

Fairview chosen as location for project

By Joe P. Asher

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