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Grand Forks committee recommends OK for housing funds

The Grand Forks City Council's Finance/Development Committee recommended Monday that the city spend $200,000 in federal Home funds on refurbishing a historic building used as affordable housing.

The $200,000 will go to improvements at Riverside Manor, 813 Lewis Boulevard, which is owned by nonprofit Grand Forks Homes and has 38 units mainly for elderly residents.

The City Council had originally considered using the $200,000 to assist Grand Forks Homes in buying the 64-unit Markham Apartments at 615 First Ave. S. for affordable housing.

But the $200,000 isn't enough for that project, said Meredith Richards, urban development deputy director, at Monday's meeting. City staff recommended the Riverside Manor project instead.

The city has also previously allocated $250,000 in Home funds to fix the elevator in Cherry Heights Apartments, a 76-unit affordable housing building at 110 Cherry St., mainly for elderly and disabled tenants.