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County may apply for $2.25 million grant

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A 24-unit affordable workforce housing (in white area above) is proposed behind the Cooks Corner Office Complex.

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) is considering applying for a $2.25 million state grant to be used for the proposed Cooks Corner Revitalization Project.

Part of the project will include building housing units for employees of Middlesex County, the school system, sheriff’s office and other low to moderate income government employees on a 14-acre parcel located behind the old St. Clare Walker High School gym (Tom Carter Memorial Gym) and school bus parking lot.

The housing is an initiative of the Middlesex Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed in 2017 that wants to build a 24-unit “workforce” housing apartment community as part of the overall revitalization project. Middlesex County owns the land and is considering leasing it to the Middlesex Foundation.

During the June 5 public hearing, Lewis Briggs and Bob Jackson questioned whether there were restrictions on the use of the 14-acre site. 

County administrator Matt Walker said all questions and concerns raised on the overall project will be responded to in writing (see related story, Page A8).

For additional information, contact Michelle Brown at 804-758-4330 or Bruce DeSimone at 804-824-1172.

Comments and grievances can be submitted in writing to Middlesex County at P.O. Box 428, Saluda, VA 23149; or by phone at 804- 758-4330 until June 29.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 06.13.2018

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