The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 10
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SECTION X-PAGS TEN Decade of Planning an Ends as Housing Proje BLYTHEVILLE. (ARK.) COURFES NEWS d Waiting ct Rises TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1953 330Low-Rent Units Planned In Blytheville A 10-year dream of a number of Blytheville's civic-minded citizens became a reality this year with the construction of a part of a planned , low-rent, 330-unit housing project. "• This housing program marks one of the vast changes that have come over the way of life of Mississippi County residents lo the past hall century. It provides a contrast with the. meager solution to housing problems that confronted the settler? of this area. Hpusins at the turn of the century BUS a singularly individual problem, to be met by the homebuilder In the best way he knew The mushrooming housing projects of today are a Jar cry from the log houses of the county's first settlers and reflect an almost equally contrasting change from conditions at fhe-diwn of the SOth Century. first Project Bruins Construction of the fi' • of four planned projects containing brick duplex units begun here early this year and is rapidly Rearing completion. The first part of the project i 40-duplex unit, Is being constructed on South Division Street. It Is - icheduled for completion late this year. Three similar-units, one for Ne- rroes and two more for whites, are scheduled to be constructed «ext sceduled to be constructed gext Tear. The Negro unit is to be a 100- apartment project. One of the two additional white projects will have 100 apartments and the other will have 40 units. Received >HA Aid The project was planned by the Blytheville Housing Authority and was i obtained through the Public Housing Administration, a government agency. Total cost of the en. tire project has been estimated at $850,000. This Includes cost of the land and service facilities. When completed, the project will be made available to families'of . low income brackets. Amount of the rents and eligibility of tenants are to be determined by a survey which will be conducted after the flrst-of the projects has been completed and Is ready for occupancy This survey will Include the level of rents at the time of completion average income and size of families .It was through the efforts of the Blytheville Housing Authority that the low-rent housing project was set dp. The Authority was created n 1939 for the purpose of survey- Ing :houMnB conditions In fast- growing 'Blytheville and to decide what could and should be done. The Authority began work on obtaining the low-rent project that Tear and in the two following years considerable headway was made But »!ong came World War II and that was the ME blockade. BuUdini Malerlali Frown were frozen —Courier New* Phot* BEEHIVE OF BUILMNG-Some of the w duplex unit* in the new low-cost housing: project here are shown above £n vsrlous Jtajes of construction on the South Division Street site. cost for this work figured In the group are Fred S. Sallba. chairman; James Terry, vice-chairman; o. W McCutchen, H. H. Houchins and B. A Nelson. With the approval ot the Public Housing Authority, everything was ready to go. A site was selected It was a nine-acre plot on South Division Street which extended two blocks east to loth street. Then bids for contracts were asked. Fraser and Son Construction Company of Ft. Smith was low bidder- for the general contract and it jot the Job of clearing the land and constructing the dwellings. In fact, the construction company was n Initial estimate of cost or the pro led. Site fill« for the Selected Negro project wil the letting ,pf contracts ,»K* *Ith,the outbreak of World War II • nd the project had to wait. In fact the Blytheville Housing Authority drifted out of the public eye as eryone concentrated on winning Th« Authority was kept alive p ave «uruif the global conflict, however •na with the cessation of hostilities work toward .obtaining the project was started again. World War II, even though It de- wsedi plan* for the project for •oiwthtef , ll!e Jte yttt l > j bt ™ Jfas the greatest aid In the Authority i plans. For during ind afte> the »»r. decent living quarters in fuT 1 ^ Bl5lthKev " le »•«« « a prem lum and members of the Blytheville Authority used this fact to expedite approval of the project In July of last year, almost 10 the plan "•'« conceived 1U okay on the project AI last, dreams of the past decade 'ere beginning to materialize One Original Member Left Only one member of thr original' *roup is connected with the present Authority He Is J. Mell Brooks who In/ ,1! I ° l , the Sr ° UP " OW hesti " ing the housinj program, other 'members of the original Authority have resigned. Other members of the to handlt _. = „. „„„„,. for all of the constrution work. This action was challenged by two Little Rock contractors A suit challenging the letting of the overall contract was .filed and this .hreatened to delay construction of the project. Petition Denied Their petition for an injunction lo prevent letting ot the contract was denied by Chancellor c M Buck of Blytheville and his decision was upheld by the Arkansas Supreme court. In March of this year, construction of the first unit was begun and today It stands only a few weeks from completion. The Blytheville Housing Authority already has begun working on the second unit which will be tor Negroes, even though It Isn't sched- ior construction until next uled year. Duplexes being constructed in the Initial whit* project consists of one, two and three bedrooms. They are one-story brick buildlngj and each apartment is to be furnished with gas ranges, hot water heaters and space heaters. Also included in the plans tor the be a 15 acre tract on Elm street immediately east ol Harrison High School. Construction of this unit is expected to start early next year and be -finished by late 1951 early 1352. Through rents received for the apartments, the Authority will repay amount borrowed through the Public Housing Administration Terms of the loan obtained for the construction of the project are 40 years at three per cent Interest When the indebtedness Is retired the city will jet complete ownership of all the units. -In addition to supplying needed housing for Blytheville, three local firms also benefited by the project In the form of appliance and heating equipment contracts. Hubbard and Hoke Appliance Company was awarded the contractor furnishing the gas ranges for the apartments, Martin »nd Allen for the water heaters and Wets Butane Company for the space heaters. 1925 Ark-Mo Begin* Power Scwct io Leachyill* Tram the June IS, 1925, edition ol the Blytheville Daily Courier: Leachville. Ark., June 15.— While ihe big celebration w« golns on at Wilson Wednesday, th« Leichvllle LJght and Ice Company wu saying farewell to this v«ln world and irkansis-Mijiouri Power Company rorn In Leachvllie. In other words Wednesday the Arkansas-Missouri Light and Power Company which recently 'purchased the Leachville .. iv . H , alla wl luc ic,_c,, l .i;)' purcnajeo. uie beachville project is complete landscaping . Ught Company, took over the prop- arid lawn planting Each duplex is Urtl« and is now operatlni to have landscaped lawns with the | same. »»=<»«ni Compliments of HARRIS IRON & SUPPLY CO. Heavy Hardware 236 South Front St. Memphii, Tenn. "Serving Industry Over 30 Years" MATTHEWS BLOW PIPE COMPANY, INC. Designers and Buildera of Blow Pip* and Dust Control Sy*t«m» for: Cotton Gins and Oil Mills Feed Mills Ri ce Mills and Dryers Woodworking Plants 125 Keel Ave. Phon. 8-6352 Memphis, T«nn. 1925— Farmer at Half Moon Raise* Turnip Weighing Six and One-Halt Pounds From the June 15. 1925. edition of the Blytheville Dally Courier J. B. Ne»l. who lives in the Hull Moon community, and works land owned by A. G Little of this city believes vegetables cm be raised in Mississippi county and proves hlA belief by bringing into Blytheville a mammoth turnip, which, placed on the ic*lu of the Blythevtlie Peed and Coil company, tipped the beam at the ilz and a half-pound m*rk »nd « triile better. ' The turnip measurei two (ul) feet In clrcumierence and a foot from the top to the tip ol tht "tail." Those who have teen it it th« Blytheville Feed ud ComJ ' company «ay the turnip U of extraordinary sue tut would malu good eating on any tab!«. 1925— Brook* «o Represent City «* C. oi C. Meet From Hit June 15. 1925. tdltion of the Blytheville Dally Courier: S«ereUry Uel Broolts of the Chamber of Commerce left Sunday for Biloni. Mils., where tie will rep- ««»t the BlyUwvUl* IRQ: couotj Ch»mDer« of commerce at Uie Chamber ot Commerce/ meeting (o b« htld on the ' Mississippi coast throuthout ths reek. TODAY... as in 1949 27 YEARS Growing with Blytheville 1948 1947 1946 1945 1944 1 1943 1942 1941 1940 1939 1938 1937 1936 1935 1934 1933 1932 1931 1930 1929 1928 1927 1926 1925 1924 1923 Northeast Arkansas Southeast Missour BLYTHEVILLE'S LEADING SIGN CONCERN JESSE M. WHITE

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