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By Tim Leeds 

Meeting set for Antelope Court

Phase 2 of HRDC project to provide low-income, ADA-accessible housing


August 13, 2014

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Buffalo Court senior housing, located just past the District 4 Human Resources Development Council building along 5th Avenue south, is seen during its grand opening in 2012. HRDC is in the planning stages of a second phase of low-income housing, to be called Antelope Court.

Local residents are invited to a meeting Monday to hear about the second phase of a community action group's work to increase needed housing in the area.

This phase will provide low-income housing, including apartments with accessibility for people with disabilities.

Karen Thomas, executive director of District 4 Human Resources Development Council in Havre, said the council is in the planning stages for Antelope Court, which would be located by the previously built senior living complex Buffalo Court. The council is holding the meeting Monday to explain the project and obtain comments about it.

"We're excited," she said.

HRDC opened Buffalo Court in 2012 to provide 20 units for people age 55 and older. Antelope Court would be just south of that complex, which is at 2351 5th Avenue near the HRDC offices.

Thomas said the new development, planned to have 30 to 32 one- and two-bedroom apartments, will have handicap access and is aimed for low-income families.

"We know that there's a shortage of that kind of housing," she said.

HRDC is partnering with GL Development of Helena in the project.

HRDC is applying for low-income housing tax credits and likely will apply for grants through other programs to help with construction cost, she said. The facility would be exempt from property taxes.

The meeting will start Monday at 9 a.m. at the HRDC Community Center at 2229 5th Avenue. People are asked to use the north door at the facility to go to the meeting.

People also are invited to submit comments about the need for affordable multi-family rental housing in their area to the Montana Board of Housing at PO Box 200528, Helena, MT 59620-0528, or via fax at 406-841-2841.


Reader Comments

deflave writes:

I don't see color when it comes to people. But I do when it comes to buildings. That last venture burns my retinas and appears to be constructed of Legos when viewed from a distance.

jojo writes:

Actually ~ you need to read the history of Havre ~ prior to the construction of Fort Assiniboine in 1879 ~ the only white man seen in the area of Montana were fur traders ~ and ~ No white man, other than soldiers or employees, was allowed to settle in the areas, including the bottoms where Havre was built, as long as it was part of the military reservation carved out of the reservation. This information is on your very own Chamber of Commerce website ~ http://www.havremt.com/history.htm

Dimbulb writes:

Racismisalive I won't quibble with your comments regarding Kevs comment, but I do need to point out that the City of Havre actually predates Rocky Boy and while Fort Belknap is a few years earlier those dates are official legal recognition 1888 and 1893 respectively, but Havre was here long before that as unincorported town. The reservations undoubtedly have a tremendous economic impact, but Havres existence due to the proximity of the river and James J Hills railroad venture are important too.

racismisalive writes:

Wow Kev! I shouldn't be surprised at the kind of comments made, but I still cant believe the racism and ignorance that is spouted from dummys like you. Havre wouldnt exist if it wasnt for our reservations!

Kev writes:

How about we dont make it look like a reservation with all the elaborate unmatched colors.


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