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Family And Senior Housing Discussed At City Council Meeting

Posted: 16 January, 2013

WAYNE (KTCH/KCTY) - The Wayne City Council met last night. Among the items discussed was family and senior housing. New housing for families and seniors would be good business for the city of Wayne according to the Housing Assessment and Strategy Plan presented by Amy Haase of the RDG Planning and Design Group to the Wayne City Council last night. The plan was developed using surveys, community meetings, and information from the US Census. Rental housing accounts for 46% of the city’s occupied units and the median rent for a two bedroom was just under $500 which is well under the $648 median for Nebraska. The report cited the age of the rental units as the reason for the lower rental prices. The report found that the city was lacking in appropriate housing for families and seniors and suggested using existing programs to build new units. The full contents of the report can be found on the city of Wayne website at cityofwayne.org.

The City Council also heard a presentation on a new senior housing development from Mandy Benscoter that would be constructed near the City Softball fields in the near future. There was also a request from BJ Woehler to table a series of ordinances that were to provide zoning definitions for agricultural, heavy and light industrial uses for land because it would affect his business. The Council tabled the ordinances so that Woehler could continue to communicate with the city about moving his heavy equipment business away from its current location in a somewhat residential neighborhood. Woehler is hoping to close a deal on some land in the Kardell Industrial Park. The land became available because Wayne NG Cars, the compressed natural gas car company, has decided to release the land back to the city because of ongoing import issues with the testing of their product. Wayne NG Cars still hopes to settle in Wayne when those issues are resolved.

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