Council considers approving six-lot replat

September 30, 2018

Before tackling the West Philip and Dixie housing project, North Platte City Council members Tuesday will consider replatting an unrelated site south of Interstate 80, consider reconfiguring a low-income duplex project north of Rodeo Road and discuss seeking more federal aid to help low-income homeowners make critical repairs.

The council will:

» Decide whether to approve Keith and Catherine Hinrichsen’s six-lot replat of recently annexed land between 902 and 1110 W. Walker Road, which was endorsed last Tuesday by the North Platte Planning Commission.

The North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corp. has approved construction incentives for four planned homes at the site under Phase II of the public-private Shot in the Arm program, chamber President and CEO Gary Person said.

One of the Hinrichsens’ six lots would be set aside for possible future development, Planning Commissioner Judy Clark said in supporting documents.

» Consider whether to apply to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for a second federally aided grant to help 10 additional low-income homeowners make critical repairs. A public hearing will precede the council’s vote.

City officials are already using Community Development Block Grant funds approved in 2016 to carry out 12 “owner-occupied rehabilitation” projects. The city received 17 applications for a second round but also fielded at least 77 calls showing interest, Planning Administrator Judy Clark said in supporting documents.

City officials this time are seeking $315,000 in CDBG funds, which would help provide up to $25,000 in grants or forgivable deferred loans to homeowners making no more than 80 percent of the median income in Lincoln County. The city would provide in-kind oversight worth $31,500.

Allowable projects could add insulation to the homes or make repairs to windows, roofs and plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems, according to the grant application. Lead-based paint also would be tested for and replaced where needed.

» Decide whether to alter the two-year-old master plan for the Lincoln County Community Development Corp.’s five-duplex development at 1802 N. Sheridan Ave. to allow for a sixth duplex and on-site parking.

Planning Commission members have backed the amendment, which would make room for the extra duplex by eliminating a planned road down the middle of the site. The parking area will be installed at the back, and an alley will be built to reach it, Clark told commission members last Tuesday.

LCCDC has built and rented two 1,200-square-foot duplexes, which have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a single-car garage. If the amendment is approved, the group would build four 900-square-foot duplexes instead of three, with units featuring two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Low- to moderate-income families with children are renting the first two duplexes, which were built with help from Shot in the Arm’s first phase, according to supporting documents.

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