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Housing project in town outside Grand Canyon comes to a halt

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 12:13:17-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Work on an off-grid housing development in a town outside the Grand Canyon has stopped because the town doesn't have the approval to build in a flood plain.

Tusayan (TOO'-say-an) is just outside the Grand Canyon's South Rim entrance.

Millions of tourists pass through it every year unaware of the decades of infighting over housing.

The companies that run the hotels and feed the tourists own most of the homes there.

Tusayan broke ground last year on what's supposed to be the first opportunity for residents to buy their own homes.

The town stopped work the same day Coconino County filed a lawsuit alleging Tusayan violated flood plain regulations and state law.

The homes likely won't be ready for residents to move in mid-year as planned.