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Archive for Thursday, January 21, 2010

County supports giving house to agency

Commissioners have begun the process of designating an east Lawrence home a low-income residence.

January 21, 2010

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Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday voiced support for transferring ownership of a rehabilitated Lawrence house, 1120 R.I., to Tenants to Homeowners.

Two years ago, the county offered a rent-free lease on the property to the organization, which partnered with the Lawrence Preservation Alliance to rehabilitate the house.

The nonprofit organization has an interested buyer who would qualify for the Housing Trust Program that allows low- to moderate-income families to become first-time homeowners. When they move, the home is resold at an affordable price to another first-time homeowner.

The rehabilitation cost about $150,000, but the organization would sell the house for $100,000 to $110,000. All three commissioners said they supported scheduling a public hearing in the next several weeks about conveying the property to the organization.

Concerning the city and county purchasing the former Oread Labs building in west Lawrence, commissioners concurred with the City Commission and supported removing a clause from the lease that would have allowed the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority to potentially purchase the building eventually for less than its fair-market value.

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