The groundbreaking was attended by members of government, the community and the developers: Chamber CEO Daniel Samess, left, KAD Managing Member Marty Flynn, Chamber Director TJ Patterson, Marathon Vice Mayor Mark Senmartin, Commissioners Dan Zieg and Bill Kelly, Chamber President Ryan Elwell, KAD members Shane Sarver and John Haslett.


26 units coming in January, more to follow

Last Friday, Marathon officials and Keys Affordable Development (KAD) snipped the ceremonial ribbon on an affordable housing project well underway on 73rd Street.

Construction of the 26 units — consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations — is scheduled for completion in January, 2016. Another 25 units are permitted for a site across the street.

KAD President John Haslett says the units will feature granite countertops, tile floors and energy efficient appliances.

“We know a quality place to live means a quality community,” he said. “If a kid feels good about where he lives then he feels good about where he goes to school.”

The developer was awarded 14 affordable units by agreeing to deed restrict the 34 market rate units they brought to the table during the planning stages.

According to property manager Gidget Jackson, qualified renters will pay between $400 to $1,100 a month for the subsidized housing — and demand is high.

“We had over 50 people register since last week,” she said.  “Typically all the people who are applying make $30k or less annually.”

She added that although many people have already registered several qualifying factors come into play once the certificate of occupancy is issued like salary restrictions and current lease obligations.

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Planning Commissioner Jeff Smith says, “The demographic this serves is limited, but we do have a large percentage of our community that would qualify.”

“This is a great start to addressing our housing crisis,” said Marathon Vice Mayor Mark Senmartin. “As it will provide a much needed inventory for low income families and individuals. However we must be continue to work hard for more units to provide quality and affordable housing for our workforce.”

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