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Stevens Point CDA properties to go smoke free in future


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Stevens Point's Community Development Authority is looking to make their housing properties smoke free in the future.

Director Michael Ostroski says the move is to bring the city in line with Housing and Urban Development guidelines on indoors smoking. "Housing and urban development it looking to make their housing smoke free and have been urging local groups to take the same route."

The proposed change to the standard lease would would not force people with current leases or housing to stop smoking, and would instead affect those getting new leases with the CDA. Ostrowski says they're not aiming to cut everyone off immediately. "Current residents would be grandfathered in, but any new leases would be smoke free." The affected properties include the Highrise, the elderly and disabled housing, Edgewater Manor, Madison View Apartments and 70 other CDA owned housing locations.

The CDA board has already approved the measure, and it now goes to the next regular city council meeting for approval.