A developer that has built three income-based housing complexes in Hays is seeking support from the Hays City Commission in pursuit of a fourth.
Overland Property Group is seeking to construct a 48-unit complex on the site of Fort Hays Trailer Park, 618 E. Fifth in Hays.
The company is requesting a resolution of support from the commission at Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. work session.
“City staff feels that this project is very beneficial to the community, and that it would greatly enhance the area,” City Manager Toby Dougherty wrote in a memo to commissioners for Thursday’s meeting. “The current Fort Hays Trailer Park is in very poor condition, and the city has a long history of abating properties that are in violation of our code of ordinances on the site.”
The complex would be called The Reserves at Stonepost, and offer a variety of two- and three-bedroom apartments. The same developer has completed residential projects at Fifth and Main and near Larks Park on Fourth Street.
The commission supported the previous three developments, as well as the developer’s failed attempt to build a fourth complex on East 22nd Street in 2014.
In a letter to city staff, Matt Gillam of Overland Property Group said the fourth complex would closely resemble the other three Stonepost developments, but with a “more refined look and feel.”
“Overland Property Group takes great pride in the construction, development and management of our properties, continually setting the bar higher with each new property,” Gillam wrote in the letter.
Plans include two buildings, each with 24 apartments, a clubhouse, sports court, children’s playground and barbecue area. Two-bedroom apartments would be 1,000 square feet, while three-bedroom units would be 1,200.
Project costs are estimated at $6 million. The company is seeking federal tax credits associated with income-based housing, and must have a letter of support from local government as part of that process.
The only other item on Thursday’s agenda will be a review of the city’s comprehensive financial management policy.