City of Tyler Neighborhood Services (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Tyler City Council approved an engineering contract for an affordable housing development being planned at Palace Avenue and Queen Street.

The contract will be paid through a federal program called a Community Development Block Grant that seeks to improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods.

The contract is for the site plan, and design of infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks. It kicks off a yearslong process of building a new subdivision, the details of which are still being worked out.

Site and infrastructure design is tentatively scheduled to be finished at the end of November, according to city engineer Lisa Crossman. The city is hoping to begin construction of the streets and sidewalks portion in the spring and finish in the summer of 2020.

The end goal is to build about 10 to 12 homes for a subdivision called Hidden Palace. The city has not outlined how big the homes will be, or how much they will cost.

That portion of the project would be completed in a future contract, Crossman said.

The land in question sits at the northern part of the plot that borders West Gentry Parkway, where the city has been building a new fire station.

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