ECISD Tackles Housing Shortage with 3.25M Dollar Downtown Project 6/18/13
CBS 7 News
Many districts are seeing a shortage in housing, which they say translates to a shortage in teachers and with enrollment expected to grow The Ector County Independent School District says they need to do something about it before the issue hits the quality of education.
In a 6 to 1 vote on Tuesday board members decided to join the Medical Center Hospital, The Texas Tech Health and Science Center and the Odessa Housing Corporation in a $27 million project that would build a 234 unit apartment complex.
ECISD would pay $3.25 million of that to get 100 of those units to use for their teachers from out of town.
“This would be a tool to recruit new teachers to the area,” ECISD spokesperson Mike Adkins said.
The contractors say 80 percent of their tenants will have to qualify by making less than the areas medium income, which is about $45,000 a year and they expect that to increase.
The apartments will be four stories, along with access to wifi and a parking lot.
But to community watchdog Jason Moore, This is a luxury the school doesn’t need.
“There is no reason tax payers need to pay for luxury apartments,” he said.
The average rent price is lower than most apartments, a studio apartment is $632. The downtown apartments will offer up to 3 bedroom units.
The downtown apartments will also be available to employees with MCH and students with The Texas Tech Health and Science Center who also say is hard to keep up with the high rent prices.
The contractors hope to be done with these apartments by the summer of 2015.
The school district says they still need to discuss the criteria of who will be able to live in these homes.