Gering gets formal approval for housing grant

The city of Gering has been notified by the state of Nebraska they have now met all the requirements to receive a $465,000 grant to help fund construction of affordable homes near McKinley school.

The grant will provide money so five "affordable" homes in the $120-130,000 range can be built over the next three years on the north and east end of the block. Three of the homes will be built by the Gering High construction class and another one may be built by Magnolia Homes.

But Twin Cities Development Executive Director Rawnda Pierce believes they will be constructed on a fast track.

Eventually 10 homes are planned to be constructed on the one square block area purchased by the city from Bill Brashear last November. Money from the sale of the homes will be used to demolish the 100 year old school.

Applications to own one of the homes can be made to the city of Gering or Twin Cities Development.

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