Decatur, Georgia — The Decatur City Commission will meet Monday, April 4 for a South Housing Village Project Plan Business Session at 6 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.
To join the meeting, follow these instructions:
To view the meeting agenda, click here.
This meeting will be held in person. Members of the public wishing to participate in the “Public Comments” or “Questions and Petitions” portions of the meeting can attend the meeting in two ways:
1. Attend in person by reporting to Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. Temperature screening and wearing of a face covering are required to enter the building.
2. Register in advance at https://zoom.us/j/92314288628. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting. You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (the 11-digit number listed in the Zoom registration link.)
NOTE – This meeting will use virtual meeting technology. We cannot guarantee that it will work as expected. If your participation will be public knowledge, attend the meeting in person or email your comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold at [email protected] before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4.
Members of the public can also watch the live webcast of the Decatur Municipal Commission meeting on https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
The city and the Decatur Housing Authority held an open house in February to gather feedback on the project. The initial design concept includes 132 affordable housing units for an income range of 30-80% of the region’s median income.
There are four apartment buildings, each with a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Three of the buildings have 24 units and the fourth will have 30 units.
The plan calls for four stacked apartments, each with six three-bedroom units, as well as three duplexes, each with two two-bedroom units.
Community spaces will also be featured in the plan. Facilities will include a community center, shared outdoor recreation space, community gardens and an entry plaza.
David Hamilton, the Praxis3 architect working on the project, told the open house that the development team was trying to match the original planning which is in the housing addendum to the Legacy Park master plan.
The South Housing Village will be completed in two phases. In the first phase, the stacked apartment, duplexes, some apartments and amenities will be built. The second phase will include the remaining apartment buildings. The project is staggered because DHA cannot secure enough financial resources to build the project all at once, DHA Executive Director Doug Faust said at the open house.
During the regular meeting, the city commission will consider a resolution accepting funding through the U.S. bailout and discuss administrative guidelines related to the funding.
Some of the funding provided to state and local governments through the US bailout has been designated as state and local coronavirus fiscal stimulus funds. The City of Decatur received approximately $9.6 million to be paid in two parts. The city received about $4.8 million in July 2021, according to a memo from City Manager Andrea Arnold.
The U.S. Treasury released its final ARPA Funding Rules, which created and confirmed certain administrative guidelines, which went into effect April 1.
“In the final rules, the lost revenue replacement provision was changed for government service expenses so that local jurisdictions can either select a standard allowance of up to $10 million or use the ongoing lost revenue calculation. actual revenue,” Arnold wrote in the memo. “This category allows the city to dedicate funds to a wide range of services and investments defined as ‘government services’. This includes building and maintaining roads and other infrastructure; general public administration and administrative facilities; the provision of public safety services; as well as many other opportunities.
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