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City, ABR consider grants to hire needy

The proposed $30-million headquarters for ABR Information Services Inc. could provide a valuable dividend for the city: jobs for some of its neediest residents.

City officials want to apply for a $300,000 state grant to help ABR create jobs for low- to moderate-income people.

The state economic development grant could be used to create turn lanes on U.S. 19 at ABR's entrance and for a job-training program, City Manager Costa Vatikiotis said. In return, ABR would be asked to promise jobs for up to 150 low- to moderate-income residents with no more than a high school education.

"It's a win-win proposition," City Commissioner David Archie said Tuesday.

The application would have to be approved by the City Commission at a special session Tuesday and go to the state Department of Community Affairs by Friday.

"We are in the preliminary stages of looking at it," said John Popson, ABR's director of government affairs.

Developers make pitches

for downtown Dunedin

DUNEDIN _ Four developers are eager to build town houses on city-owned land downtown.

The city asked for proposals last fall, hoping to attract moderate to upscale housing and possibly commercial development to the 1{-acre property just north of Main Street.

The goal, officials said, was to complement the revitalized downtown business district with residential development.

All four developers who responded by the March 14 deadline include town houses in the proposals. One contains a retail building; another provides garages that could be converted to small stores.

All four would cost $2-million to $3-million to build.

City staff members will review the proposals and recommend one to the City Commission next month. All the developers said they would need two years to complete the project. They are Dunedin Towne Home Development Partners of Tampa, Coastal Builders of Clearwater, Beauland Homes of Safety Harbor and Rattlesnake Point of Tampa.

_ Compiled from staff reports.