McCall Council Nixes Proposed Affordable Housing Project


The McCall City Council has turned thumbs down on a proposed 36-unit low income apartment complex that would have been built right behind McCall City Hall. 

The Northwest Passage development group was looking for a long-term $1-per-year lease of 1.7 acres of city land to build the apartment complex. And developers were facing a tight deadline to file an application for federal low-income housing credits. Their plan would have seen the demolition of the current McCall Senior Center and the construction of a new center as part of the proposed housing complex.

But the McCall Star-News reports that the council voted 3-2 to reject a letter of recommendation for the plan. The Star-News reports that some seniors had objected about losing control of the new senior center in the proposed new space. In fact, a Feb. 4 forum on the proposal attracted a standing-room-only crowd of citizens, many objecting to the plan. Council members Marcia Witte, Laura Scott and Nic Swanson voted against the proposal while McCall Mayor Jackie Aymon and councilman Bob Giles voted yes.