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Midvale breaks ground on affordable housing project

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MIDVALE -- People in Midvale will soon have more options for affordable, quality housing. Officials broke ground Tuesday for Florentine Villas--a $26 million affordable housing apartment project.

The project will create more than 200 one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments that will be available for rent only to those who make less than 60 percent of the area median income.

Kip Sheppard of Wasatch Advantage Group says this is the first project in Utah to use funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"In addition to providing affordable housing here, we're also gonna create or maintain about 400 jobs; and we think that's a great benefit, obviously, to the Salt Lake Valley," Sheppard sayd.

Officials say they expect to complete the project by August 2010.

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