A Houston-based consulting firm will conduct a housing study for Brownwood.
    The Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD) board of directors has approved the study, which will be conducted by Community Development Strategies, BMDD Executive Director Guy Andrews said.
    According to the company’s proposal letter, the project fee is $17,500, plus travel expenses not to exceed $1,100.     
    Andrews said he is setting up a series of meetings for mid-December for input. Andrews said while the meetings will be geared toward “certain groups,” he welcomes input from anyone who wants to participate and will have a general session as well.
    Groups will include builders and developers, financial institutes, realtors, apartments management and those who own rental properties, human resources, development staff and the general public.
     According to the Houston consultant’s proposal letter:
    • Maintaining a balanced price range of available housing (for sale and rental) is critical to the long term viability of any community.
    • Without an adequate supply of attractive housing choices employers will be reluctant to bring their businesses to the city and residents will not be able to move up or find newer housing that meets the needs of their changing lifestyles.         • For these and other reasons, Brownwood recognizes the need to upgrade its housing stock.
    • There is a need to take a closer look at overall housing conditions, document deficiencies and opportunities and identify the type, price range and number of housing units the community can realistically support.
    Earlier this month, Brownwood City Council members approved an agreement with a developer to build Indian Creek Townhomes. The development will consist of 110 units at Indian Creek and Miliam that will rent at market rates and will not be income based.
    “This is one of our major obstacles in economic development — lack of housing at market rates,” Andrews told council members.