Moore to break ground on Janeway affordable housing

Adam Troxtell / The Transcript

A sign displaying the planned Janeway and 17th Street redevelopment. Groundbreaking for the development will take place Thursday, Jan. 24.

The City of Moore will ceremonially break ground on the main part of the Janeway redevelopment tomorrow.

Groundbreaking for the development, which will be known as The Curve, will be held Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. The location will be on the north side of the At Home store, which is west of Telephone Road.

The area had been the location of Royal Park Mobile Home and a neighborhood of duplexes, of which about 200 homes were destroyed by the May 20, 2013 tornado. In its place on 14 acres, 219 units of affordable housing and 25 market rate units will be built, totaling 244 units.

The project comes at a cost of about $49.7 million, with a $15.9 million subsidy from community development block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It is the last and largest project build with this grant money, according to the city’s press release on the ground breaking.

Under the funding provisions, the city had to replace the mobile home park with more affordable housing. In 2015, the City of Moore purchased the land for development. It is the city’s first affordable housing development in its history.

In the following years, city council approved a master plan for the area, the necessary demolition and utility installation.

The Curve plan includes a common area, a business center and 24 hour fitness center, swimming pool, barbecue area, greenspace — the area runs up to Little River Park — and a landmark structure. The landmark is planned to be visible from Interstate 35 and stand as a marker for both the neighborhood and Moore as a whole.

In addition, 4,650 square feet will be dedicated as commercial/retail space.

Belmont Development was awarded the bid to develop the project by council. The process also included public meetings, multiple council meetings and several workshops.

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