Leeds, Kansas — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday approved $6 million in federal assistance for a downtown development planned by Leeds-based developer Leeds Valley Holdings, which was announced earlier this year.
Leeds County officials said the development will help to address the region’s homelessness crisis.
In 2016, Leeds was named the fastest growing county in the country by the National Alliance on Homelessness.
The $6.5 million will be divided among the county’s Housing Choice Vouchers program, which helps low-income households pay rent and other expenses while in transitional housing.
The project, which will include retail, restaurants, and a hotel, will be located in the historic Leeds River District, which is known for its diverse neighborhoods.
Lees Valley said it has secured financing from several major banks and that it will begin construction in the spring.
The developer said in a statement that it is focused on “creating an environment where families and individuals can live, work, and play safely, comfortably, and affordably.”
Leeds’ mayor, John DeSantis, praised the assistance.
“I am very grateful to the U.D.H.D., and especially the Federal Housing Finance Agency, for their help with the Leeds project,” DeSantes said.
“We look forward to working with Leeds officials and other community partners to build a community for all of us to live in safely and securely.”
The Leeds area was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.K. history in July 2016.
About 1,500 people were killed and more than 50,000 others injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending a charity event in the city’s Regent Street area.