Salt Lake buys blighted motel, seeks affordable housing plan

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 30, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    @SMcloud
    "Affordable housing" is a hidden term. It doesn't really have anything to do with the housing market and home prices.

    "Affordable housing" really means government subsidized apartments for low income/no income people. It's all part of the precious narrative, like "undocumented immigrant."

    The idea is to mask the real meaning.

    In theory at lest this obfuscation prevents people from asking the obvious question: Why is the taxpayer paying rent for these people? Then they question the whole welfare program and the redistribution of wealth.

    It is better to wink and nod and say "affordable housing" instead.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Oct. 30, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    We need more affordable housing.

    Right now the market for 400k and up has more than enough houses and luxury condos sitting vacant. In the affordable range it shrinks right up. This is a step in the right direction.

  • Tyler McArthur South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 30, 2017 8:01 a.m.

    Wow another example of government bureaucrats thinking they know better than everyone else. Glad I don't live in Salt Lake.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 30, 2017 7:18 a.m.

    Affordable housing is really a misnomer. It might be affordable to the people living in it, but for those of us paying for it, the taxpayers, it is anything but affordable. The developers, and landlords end up making a bunch of money while the city leaders pat themselves on the back and tell themselves what a great job they’ve done. It would be nice to see real affordable housing using shipping containers, 3D printing technology, and other, more affordable building options. What would be even better is a system where smaller developments with a pathway to ownership and a sense of permanancy were integrated into communities and neighbors could mentor the individuals and families and help them better themselves. Housing hundreds of disadvantaged people into the same complex with no integration into the regular community has proven to be a failure across the country for decades. Time to embrace a new model.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Oct. 30, 2017 5:25 a.m.

    What an incredible waste of tax dollars, while i am on the verge of losing my home due to the insane property taxes on it.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 29, 2017 11:54 p.m.

    This sounds as messed up as the old Soviet Five Year Plans with all sorts of rosy projections about how government bureaucrats and public funds (confiscated from taxpayers) would come up with a glorious solution to make the worker's paradise the envy of all.

    Unfortunately, history is littered with the failed attempts by all sorts of governments to do stuff best left to the private sector.

    Set the zoning for the property, sell it to the high bidder and let them have at it. In the long run the city, taxpayers and occupants will be a lot better off than letting politicians and bureaucrats dither and squabble and get little or nothing accomplished over many years.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 29, 2017 8:58 p.m.

    The council is clueless. $4 million equals 5000 months of rent at full price in Salt Lake neighborhoods, and these "leaders" park that money in a stalled project. Do they think there are magic beans somewhere that will turn this property into housing in the next 18 months?

    It just illustrates that the whole plan of dissolving the Rio Grande problem is a pipe dream. There is no way their concept of closing Road Home down in June of 2019 could ever work. It was just numbers on a page to make it add up, without any thought of how it would be executed.

    It sort of reminds me of the state prison relocation plan. $500 million short and a decade late.

    If the public knew the true cost of these things we would never let them do it, but they start cheap and quick until they get their hooks in us. Then they come up with the real plan when it is too late to back out.