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Alexandria City Council supports low-income housing project

A new project in Alexandria would help low-income families find housing.

Deer Ridge Townhomes is a joint effort proposed by the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and a developer, D.W. Jones Inc.

It would provide 24 affordable housing units east of the proposed site of a new high school and Knute Nelson's new senior living campus, Grand Arbor. It would be built along a proposed new street, 45th Avenue East.

The Alexandria City Council approved a "resolution of support" for the project at its meeting Monday night. It wasn't asked to commit any city funds to it.

HRA Director Jeff Hess noted that studies have shown that this type of housing is needed in Alexandria.

As if on cue, the next person on the council's agenda was Jessica Boyer, director of the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, who provided an update on the "housing conversation" meetings the Community Impact Coalition has been having to address homelessness.

For more about this story and other city council action, read Wednesday's Echo Press.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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