Audubon County Supervisor responds to a letter about a proposed housing development, stating that it has not been kept a secret and that planning only began in March 2022. The project was initially proposed as a split development but plans changed due to availability of buildable land. The details of the plan were kept quiet in the early stages as land needed to be secured and federal tax credits awarded by the Iowa Finance Authority needed to be won. The project was awarded the tax credits on September 1 and is not solely for low-income housing. The project could mark a turning point in Audubon history.
As detailed in an article on SW Iowa News Source, there has been some controversy surrounding a proposed senior housing development in Audubon, Iowa. The development, which has been in the works for over a year, was recently awarded federal tax credits by the Iowa Finance Authority, making it possible for the project to move forward.
However, some members of the community have raised concerns about the nature of the development, with one individual writing a letter to the Advocate Journal claiming that the housing would be “low income” and that the project had been kept a secret.
In response to these claims, an Audubon County Supervisor and member of the ACED Board wrote an article addressing the situation. The supervisor explained that the proposed senior housing development had not been kept a secret, but rather that the details of the project were kept quiet in the early stages of planning while land was secured and federal tax credits were pursued.
The supervisor also disputed the claim that the development would be “low income,” stating that the proposal was for affordable housing for seniors, not low-income housing. The supervisor argued that the project could be a turning point for Audubon, which has struggled with a shortage of housing options in recent years.
The proposed senior housing development is not the only new housing project in the works for Audubon. As detailed in the SW Iowa News Source article, there are several other housing developments in various stages of planning and construction in the area.
To tie it all together, it seems that there is a growing need for housing options in Audubon, and the proposed senior housing development could be a step in the right direction. While there may be concerns and disagreements about the specifics of the project, it is clear that the community is working to address the issue of housing shortages in the area.