Eastern Band of Cherokee
CHEROKEE, NC – This week, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed formally approved the purchase of nearly 200 acres of land. The Jackson County property, once in tribal hands, will be analyzed to create a master plan for development. Currently, the Tribe expects to increase housing units which can alleviate some of the demand in the area. The tribe would work to enhance the adjacent properties with public water and sewer systems as the project develops.
With the sale completed, a master plan and timeline will be developed immediately. Principal Chief Richard 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. 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 continued, “The Eastern Band is working to bring a major convention center to the area and the opportunities will increase dramatically both during construction and after the operations begin."
Photo: : (l-r) Travis Smith – EBCI Secretary of Housing, EBCI Principal Chief Richard Sneed and EBCI tribal attorney Jay Gallinger complete final paperwork for purchase of Jackson County property for the tribe.