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      New special needs apartment development in Kirksville

      <font size="2">Preferred Family says, â??Callyn Heights Housing Project will provide affordable housing for households at or below 60%of the local average median income level.â??</font>


      Preferred Family Healthcare, a Missouri not for profit healthcare agency, released a statement regarding a new housing development located at the 1700 block of North Osteopathy Street in Kirksville.

      Preferred Family states, ??Callyn Heights Housing Project will provide affordable housing for households at or below 60 percent of the local average median income level.??

      They say quality affordable housing has demonstrated improvements in housing stability, employment and school attendance.

      However, neighbors are saying they wouldn't be as concerned about the facility if they had ways of knowing what's being built.

      ??I don't know what is being built there and I think if they had a sign or something in front that says coming soon or coming to Kirksville, a housing facility or whatever it is, it would kind of give me less worries,?? said concerned neighbor, Daryl Grant.

      Preferred Family says they intend for the project to be an asset to the community and they are planning to host an open house for the public to attend.

      There will be 25 rental units built and The Missouri Housing Development Commission has approved the project. The commission requires projects funded with low income tax credits meet specific criteria.

      These criteria include meeting an affordable housing need in the community, economic feasibility, and demonstrating local support. Support for the Preferred Family Healthcare application for housing included area legislators, mayor??s office, Kirksville Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Regional Medical Center, Truman State University and many others.


      A new construction project in Kirksville has community members speculating.

      At the corner of North Osteopathy and Elizabeth Streets is the site of an apartment development.

      The space has been approved by the City of Kirksville Codes and Planning Department for use by Preferred Family Healthcare.

      The building is listed as a 25-unit space for special needs use.

      It??s being built by Sparks Construction.

      The complex will be called Callyn Heights.

      KTVO has contacted Preferred Family Healthcare to try and get more information about the project, but our phone message was not returned as of news time.

      One source tells us the project consists of HUD-type apartments and will be for those who have been through rehab programs to get back on their feet.