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Planners focus on residential needs

Albion’s future residential needs were the focus of an Albion Planning Commission meeting Monday night, March 2.

The planning board members and about 20 members of the Planning Steering Committee listened to a presentation by city planners Tim Keelan and Lonnie Dickson, who discussed projections of future housing demand and planning for residential options.

Keelan opened the discussion by pointing out the purposes of a local housing initiative. A diverse housing stock is important to communities that wish to stabilize and increase population, increase their residential base and provide housing for various segments of the population.

In considering the age and condition of present housing, Keelan estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the city’s current housing stock “doesn’t pay its way” in terms of valuation for supporting city infrastructure and services.