As more people move into the Winchester area, city officials are planning ahead to make sure there is enough housing.
The Winchester Economic Development Authority recently purchased property in the city’s historic downtown district. The government office plans to co-manage a residential and commercial mixed-use property on the corner of North Kent and East Piccadilly Streets.
Officials say they will be putting plans in place to allow for the construction of up to 45 apartments which will include a number of units that are affordable for mixed incomes.
“It will really benefit everyone involved, it’ll benefit the citizens of Winchester because its an increase in the tax base on that site, it will help downtown businesses, and it will create more housing in the downtown which is desirable and needed at the moment.” said Winchester Development Services Director Shawn Hershberger.
Winchester officials expect this project to be completed by 2020.