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City Looks to Develop Optimist Park for Housing

By Gordon HopkinsThe Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) met on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, to discuss the possible acquisition of Optimist Park for residential development.Mayor Spencer Brown spoke at the meeting, “We have kind of thrown this idea out there in the past, Optimist Park.”As the country continues to struggle with a labor shortage, a lack of adequate workforce housing has proven to be an impediment to rural communities trying to attract new workers. The mayor has been pushing for new housing, particularly “middle range” housing, not too cheap and not too expensive, that he believes is essential for economic growth.Brown said, ...

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