GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission was informed of new development coming to Pittsburg, and how it can help at its regular meeting Friday.

Pittsburg Director of Housing and Community Development Becky Gray told the commission that Springfield development company Pointe Royale would be developing 20 homes in Pittsburg’s Rural Housing Incentive District.

Pointe Royale was approved for tax credits on the state level to building affordable housing in Pittsburg, but building in the RHID provides incentives on the local level.

Pointe Royale will be responsible for building all infrastructure necessary for the housing development, and in return will receive a 15-year property tax refund. Pointe Royale will pay taxes in full up front, and be refunded the difference in property taxes between the land pre-development and post-development.

“Using this program helps the city, because the developer assumes the risk of money spent building infrastructure, such as roads,” Gray said.

At the end of the 15 years, Pointe Royale will sell the homes at market value, although tenants will be offered a discount proportional to the length of time they have lived in the homes.

Gray informed the commission that they would have the opportunity to approve or reject the local property tax refund. She encouraged them to approve. Gray said they do not plan to ask for the school district’s portion of property taxes in the refund.

County Maintenance Director Bob Gorentz presented his recommendations for bids to build two buildings for the county — a maintenance building in Girard and road and bridge building on the US Highway 69 Bypass in Pittsburg.

Gorentz recommended an approximately $145,000 bid for the building in Pittsburg from Jack Coomes Steel Buildings. He also recommended a bid from Home Center Construction for the Girard building.

The commission accepted both bids.

Players from the Cherokee Little League attended the meeting to tell the commission about their victory at the state tournament.

“We won state and now we’re headed to Indianapolis to represent Crawford County in the regional tournament,” Player Wyatt Scales said.

The team asked the commission for a donation to help cover travel expenses to Indiana. The commission approved a donation of $500 from the county parks and recreation fund.

Scales said the team’s first game is next Sunday against South Dakota.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.