SANDPOINT — Area residents could soon have an affordable place to call home.
That’s the premise behind the Culver’s Crossing planned unit development.
And that’s the message Rob Hart, Bonner Community Housing Agency executive director, wants the Sandpoint Planning & Zoning Commission to hear when he presents the project to them on Tuesday.
He’s hoping the public will attend the hearing, both in person and online, and send a strong message of support for the concept.
While other developments allow for speculation and investors to come in, Hart said Culver’s Crossing is aimed at creating affordable, quality housing for local employees.
Hart the area is the focus of a number of developments, but the Culver’s Crossing project is doing something different — and putting the focus on affordable housing.
“If you look at priorities, what’s more important right now? I know traffic is a problem. We can’t deny that and it’s getting worse,” Hart said. “But housing is even a worse problem. So I think that if we can address that … then that will really help the bigger problem right now.”
As a PUD, Culver’s Crossing features a variety of density, different types of units, and open space, allowing for more flexibility.
“We’re not doing a cookie cutter subdivision,” Hart said. “We’re doing a variety of things. And so we’re trying to get the word out so that people will come to this public hearing and show support for affordable housing in Sandpoint, because we need it.
“We’re not trying to change the world. We’re just one little place and do something that we can do to help local employees.”
He hope residents and businesses send in emails and letters of support for the concept. He also is inviting those in support of affordable, quality workforce housing to attend the hearing. He plans a quick show of hands at the start of the meeting, asking those present to indicate whether they feel workforce housing is needed.
“It’s not so much that they support this project, but that they support the idea of ‘let’s build some quality homes that locals can afford,'” Hart said.
If approved, the infrastructure would go in first followed by the first phase with 13 townhomes. Subsequent phases would build additional townhomes, apartments, twin homes as well as single-family homes.
As an indication of the need, Hart said BCHA has garnered a waiting list of 88 people — and counting — for the project’s first phase alone.
In total, Culver’s Crossing will offer 49 units of housing compared to 30 in a standard subdivision. Rather than building …….