By Audrey Spencer

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS - Council members approved a specific-use permit for the construction of an affordable senior living apartment complex on property at the southwest corner of U.S. Highways 190 and 183.

The 5.38 acres of land is surrounded by retail property, and is zoned retail itself, but the council agreed Monday evening that the property may be developed as housing, pending receipt of housing tax credit funds applied for through the state Housing and Community Affairs Department.

Building official Michael Beard told the council that the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve the specific-use permit in a 6-4 vote with one abstention.

The department sent eight notices to surrounding properties regarding the development of apartments in the area and received one return in favor of the project and no objections.

Breck Kean, of Prestwick Development, from Atlanta, Ga., spoke to the council in January about developing an affordable apartment complex aimed at senior citizens. He said at Monday's council meeting that the application submitted in March to the Housing and Community Affairs Department was "competitive."

"We have every expectation we will be successful," said Kean of securing funding for the $7 million project. "The state should release final scores and awards by July."

If the project does not receive housing tax credits with which to fund the development, the property will return to retail classification.

The council also:

Approved a specific-use permit to allow intradermal cosmetics at Champagne and Chandeliers at 811 S. Key Ave.

Approved the Friends of the Lampasas Animal Shelter to add a cover to the dog exercise area at the Lampasas Animal Shelter using funds saved by the shelter.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476.

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