KEYSER - The possibility of having some new Section 8 type homes in Keyser through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was briefly discussed at the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Development Authority.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The possibility of having some new Section 8 type homes in Keyser through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was briefly discussed at the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Development Authority.
Kevin Clark, executive director for the development authority, said that several years ago developer Joe Layton had an interest in offering HUD homes to Keyser residents, however, at that time Layton was unable to secure funding to move ahead with the project.
According to Clark this week, Layton has again showed interest in having HUD structures placed in Keyser, in the area of Baltimore Street.
To move forward to provide local affordable housing, Layton had contacted Clark with a request for a county strategic plan in dealing with Section 8 homes.
Piedmont mayor Ben Smith offered a comment concerning the HUD homes, and he said that the housing “could prosper with better highways,” adding that the future HUD residents “would bring income to Keyser.”
Thomas Butcher, of First Energy, suggested the development authority be cautious in the planning about the HUD houses, and, “Don’t stick out your neck” for the project.
Butch Armentrout, representing Carpendale, said that HUD housing seems to be “popular with elderly people.”
Smith said that because the area where the HUD housing would be located is in the City of Keyser, this project should be referred to the Keyser government.
Another option brought to the table was for Layton to forward the proposed HUD project information to the Mineral County Commission.
The decision among the development authority members was to table this item of business.
In other business, Montum Architecture, of Keyser, was awarded the project of the design phase for the roof repair on the development authority’s property of the former glass plant building in the Keyser Industrial Park.
Once this phase is completed, the construction of the new roof section will be put out for bids.