VA housing project put on hold

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A veterans housing project has been put on hold for now.

The Victory Village Project that would provide low-income housing for veterans near 21st Street and Randolp Ave. did not receive needed tax credits from the state of Kansas says Jim Gleisberg, with the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.

Developer Dane Whitworth, with North Carolina based Pridon LLC, applied for the credits from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation earlier this year.

The project would have been constructed on the grounds of the Colmery O’Neil VA Medical Hospital in SE Topeka.

It was expected to cost $3.97 million, which would have been financed with the equity generated from the sale of the tax credits.

Topeka Rescuse Mission Director, Barry Feaker says he’s been through the process of creating housing and it can be extremely complicated.

“When it doesn’t work the first time, it may not work the second time but maybe the third time or the twentieth time,” says Feaker.  “So if it’s the right thing to do you keep pressing for a way to make it happen, so while it appears at this point in time this is on hold again, that doesn’t mean it’s over.”

The Victory Village Complex was planned to have thirty apartment units.  Twenty four or twenty six would be one-bedrooms and the rest would be two bedrooms.

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