SOUTH SALT LAKE — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was in Utah Thursday to tour several facilities, including a $46 million mixed-use project under construction called the Hub of Opportunity.

Wearing a hard hat and a reflective safety vest, Carson walked through part of the 200,000-square-foot complex that will include 156 apartments and an employment training center for young adults with autism.

“It looks like the 22nd century,” he said at one point, when shown a rendering of the planned Smith Family Foundation Sensory Room featuring lighting and textures designed to help calm and focus tenants with autism.

Built with $21 million in federal low-income housing tax credits as well as state, local and private funds, the five-story complex is scheduled to open next spring with 136 of the apartments priced for lower-income residents.

“It’s being built with a lot of people with disabilities in mind as well as people with low and moderate income,” Carson told reporters. “It’s being done in such a way that it’s beautifully done. It will fit in very well with market rates.”

What he saw, Carson said, “kind of gets rid of a lot of the arguments” used to stop affordable housing. He said such public-private …read more

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