Ground breaking held for affordable apartment project

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The Whitefish Housing Authority and Homeword, Inc. are constructing an affordable housing apartment complex on Edgewood Place. This preliminary architectural rendering, by Jackola Engineering and Architecture, gives the basic concept for the project.

A ground breaking ceremony for an affordable housing project on Edgewood Place is set for Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce, the City of Whitefish and the Whitefish Housing Authority will a ceremony for the Alpenglow Apartments, a new 38-unit workforce housing development set for construction. The ceremony is set to take place from 1-2 p.m. and is open to the public.

The nonprofit Homeword, Inc., along with the housing authority is developing the project.

Officials with the housing authority, city, chamber, Homeword and the state of Montana will make some brief remarks before using the golden shovels to break gorund on the project.

The Whitefish Housing Authority and Homeword, Inc. of Missoula in November 2018 earned a low income housing tax credit from the state Board of Housing for $6.7 million to develop a rental housing project for residents with an area median income of 60 percent or less.

Those involved with the project have said the goal is to create a housing complex that would include affordable one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Rent on the housing units is expected to be between $400 and $890.

The entire project, which includes three buildings, is estimated at a cost of $8.2 million.

The property on Edgewood Place just off Wisconsin Avenue was once a mobile home park, but is now largely vacant except for a few accessory buildings.

The goal is to have the apartments ready for occupancy in late 2020.

The development site is located at 536 Edgewood Place in Whitefish.

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