EBCI purchases land for housing projects
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Secretary of Housing Travis Smith, Principal Chief Richard Sneed and tribal attorney Jay Gallinger complete paperwork for the purchase of property in Jackson County for the tribe. COURTESY
CHEROKEE, N.C. – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed on June 25 formally approved the purchase of nearly 200 acres of land in Jackson County.
The property will be analyzed to create a master plan for development. Currently, the tribe expects to increase housing units, which should alleviate some of the demand for housing in the area.
The tribe would also work to enhance the adjacent properties with public water and sewer systems as the housing project develops. With the sale completed, a master plan and timeline will be developed immediately, Sneed said.
“I hope the plans for potential housing projects can progress at a rapid pace. Our enrolled members are our first and highest priority, and they are in need of affordable housing,” he said. “We must also look to develop affordable workforce housing for employees during an expected surge in economic growth both on the reservation and in the region.”
Sneed added the Eastern Band is bringing a major convention center to the area, which will be built adjacent to the tribe’s casino, and job opportunities will increase dramatically both during construction and after the convention center opens.