"This is a huge investment in the city," he said.
The housing authority also plans to construct 11 new units on 7th Avenue where an American Legion building used to sit. The entire project, including acquisition of the land and installation of infrastructure, should cost about $6 million, Taylor said.
About $5 million has been obtained through the sale of tax credits granted by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. The remaining $1 million will be borrowed, with the money to be repaid with rent revenue, Taylor said.
No one attended Wednesday's meeting to speak for or against the plan.
Planning Department staff members recommended that the commission approve the plan.
"The plan is in compliance with existing zoning ordinances," said Dan Vriendt, planning director.
City infrastructure can support the new units, Vriendt said.
The Planning Commission also tabled a request to rezone a parcel of land on Chappell Road in Kanawha City where Good Shepherd Church now sits from a single-family residential district to a mixed-use neighborhood district.
Dr. Kimberly Rossi, who hopes to open a dermatology medical office in the old church, made the request.
Some residents oppose the proposal because a daycare is currently located in the church and they don't want it to be affected by the zoning change.
Planning Commission member Aric Margolis informed the residents who attended the meeting that the commission could not ensure that the daycare would remain at the church no matter how the area was zoned.
However, Vriendt suggested that the proposal be tabled to see if staff could draft an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow for a medical facility to be placed in the church without rezoning the whole parcel of land.
This would prevent anyone from buying the property in the future and building a large office space on the land, he said.
Commission members unanimously agreed to table the proposal.