Superior is waiving building permit fees for a project designed to provide shelter for five chronically homeless families.

Harbor House Crisis Shelters is renovating a five-unit dwelling at 1022 Harrison St. to provide supportive housing.

The families that will be utilizing the building are families with numerous barriers who are unable to qualify for other housing options, according to Chelsea Branley, executive director of Harbor House Crisis Shelters.

Rehabilitation work on the building includes electrical, plumbing, heating and general improvements to bring the property up to code. The project has received $50,000 in state grants through the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and $75,000 through the Community Development Block Grant in support of the project.

“Some of the bids received were much higher than anticipated,” according to Jason Serck, Superior’s economic development, port and planning director. “In order to keep costs to a minimum, I am requesting the city waive any permit fees association with the rehabilitation project.”

The City Council approved the request Tuesday, Nov. 5.