Supporting proposed housing development in Athens Borough
Affordable housing would be welcome anywhere in Bradford County, but especially in the Valley where some families, trying to fully recover from the flood of September 2011, are still displaced.
Thankfully, there's a proposal to utilize the site of the former Athens Borough Recreation Center, that many people remember as the old Ingersoll-Rand Clubhouse, to construct an affordable housing unit. The existing building, now vacant, would be demolished.
The proposal calls for a series of one- and two-bedroom residences to be built on the 4 1/2-acre site along Satterlee Street. The residences, according to the Bradford County Commissioners, who are supporting the project, would be intended for working families.
Athens Borough would sell the Recreation Center and the surrounding property to Conifer Realty, a company based in Rochester, N.Y. From there, construction could move forward.
Besides providing affordable housing, Borough Manager Mark Burgess correctly pointed out that construction of the housing development would generate tax revenue for the borough and would also help the local economy.
Athens Borough should continue its efforts to pursue the sale and move forward with the proposed housing development.