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Casper City Council approves sale of property on Beverly Street

Council members all vote yes and approve the Casper Housing Authority to buy city owned land
Council members all vote yes and approve the Casper Housing Authority to buy city owned land(Screenshot of meeting)
Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 6:25 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper City council approved the sale of the former Beverly Street Ballfields.

The Casper Housing Authority will be buying this land for $601,000 and turning it into low-income and workforce housing. it will be called Liberty Square.

There will be 25 low-income units and 35 workforce housing units in this area. Kim Summerall-Wright, the Casper Housing Authority executive director, said this new property will fill a gap in the community.

“When it comes to low-income housing we can house one percent of the City of Casper. The poverty rate is eleven percent. We generally have about one thousand people on a waitlist at any given time,” Sumerall-Wright said.

Lisa Engebretsen, a Casper City Council Ward II elect, addressed concerns to the council.

“I have properties across the street and there’s a known meth problem area. I have police officers there almost every week helping me. I think your police officers are going to have to get involved to see how this is going to affect their jobs,” Engebretsen said.

She also mentioned her concern about all of the traffic in that area. Also, she isn’t for or against the issue she wanted to share those concerns.

Sumerall-Wright said Liberty Square will be similar to Ravencrest, one of their other properties.

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