Keeping with the governor’s Main Street Initiative, applications to the state for affordable housing funds were required to include infill.

The governor's initiative supports infill projects over development on the outskirts of towns because of the higher cost of providing and maintaining infrastructure and services to those outlying areas. 

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, which administers state and federal funds for the development of low-income housing, therefore decided to apply the same concept to the money it awards, said Director Karlene Fine, adding infill has been something the agency has advocated for when handing out funds in the past, but this was the first time it was a requirement of application.

The only way projects not meeting those standards may apply is if there are no infill opportunities available in the city.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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