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Granger housing project halted; locals thought it was meant for homeless, farm workers

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GRANGER, Wash.- A big housing project to add more homes to the city of Granger has recently been halted by the community because of what they assumed the property would be used for, but Yakima Housing Authority says what they thought wasn't actually the case.

Executive Director at Yakima Housing Authority Lowel Krueger says locals believed this plan was going to be like the other three housing projects that Yakima Housing Authority has put in place in Granger: to house farm workers and the homeless. Lowell says homeless or farm workers were never going to be housed at this project.

"The purpose of that wasn't specifically for seasonal farm worker housing or anything along those lines," said Krueger.

The Yakima Housing Authority has looked into building another housing community on 10 acres of land by Cherry Hill in Granger.

Granger City Council has allowed them to build single family homes, but Yakima Housing Authority requested to rezone the area and also include multi-family homes.

Many locals Action News spoke with Wednesday also believed the property was designed for more homeless and farm workers to come to the city, and were worried about more crime happening in the area and their property values would go down.

After realizing that's not the case, some were more open minded about the option to add more multi-family homes to the area.

"I think that if there are families that really need the home, they should have the chance to," said Local Cecely Sanchez.

In part of the communities response to the future project, Granger City Council voted no to Yakima Housing Authority's request to add rezoning.

It's a decision that Lowel says is going to be difficult moving forward financially with fewer people only being allowed to live in that area, because of what the city is asking them to build.

"They would like to have roads, curbs, gutters, lighting throughout that particular development. That's difficult to do if you are talking about single family only simply because of the overall cost of providing that infrastructure," said Lowel.

Krueger says the Yakima Housing Authority is still deciding on whether they want to move forward with the project.

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