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This rendering shows the proposed Landis Place on King apartment building in the 200 block of West King Street. The building would be next to Bravo Supermarket, at right. The federal government has given the project a $752,000 grant to make five of its 82 units affordable housing.

Four local developers will receive $2.5 million of federal funding to help create 82 affordable housing units in Lancaster city, the administration of Mayor Danene Sorace announced Friday.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program is supporting the ventures through the state Department of Community & Economic Development.

The Sorace administration and the county Redevelopment Authority had nominated the projects, as part of a countywide proposal to HUD.

Chris Delfs, the city’s director of community planning & economic development, said the effort to pursue federal help reflects the city’s commitment “to using all of the tools we have to create as many affordable housing units as possible.” City projects had last been approved for HOME funds in 2019, he said.

The proposed projects, location, developer, grant amount and number of affordable units to be created are:

The Apartments at College Avenue, in the 200 block of College Avenue, HDC MidAtlantic, $850,000, 64 units; Landis Place on King, in the 200 block of West King Street, Landis Quality Living, $752,000, five units; various rowhomes, Partners with Purpose, $377,730, four units; and Conestoga North Townhomes on Chesapeake Street, Spanish American Civic Association, $500,000, nine units.

HDC MidAtlantic employee Chad Martin, the husband of Sorace’s chief of staff, Jess King, is HDC’s vice president of community relations. City of Lancaster   communications and policy strategist Wyatt Behringer said King was not on the grant selection committee and was unaware of the applicants before selections were made.

The affordable units in a pair of the projects are part of much larger ventures. Landis Place will have 82 apartments; the College Avenue project is part of a redevelopment of the former Lancaster Regional Hospital property into about 300 townhomes and apartments.

In addition, the county Redevelopment Authority has awarded $1 million to an affordable housing project on Charles Road, a site that straddles Lancaster Township and the city. Bausman Place Apartments, proposed by Community Basics Inc., would create 54 affordable units.

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