[quote=“bthedog”]There is nothing wrong with debate and expressing ones opinions…but doing so in the matter in which he did was NOT the right move and does not cast a good light on this council or our city to would be investors.
His comments could be seen a damaging to the city’s reputation with potential investment…as taxpayers that is certainly something we should be concerned with…I hope he retracts at the next council meeting.[/quote]
I understand the frustration the council member must be feeling given the current rental situation his actions are simply human. $1800 per month apartments I question how practical they are anyway[/quote]
Who cares if they are practical or not…that should have no bearing on whether the city decides to rezone the land. Whether these units are 180, 1800 or 18,000 per month should have no bearing. I wouldn’t pay 1800, but that doesn’t say there isn’t people out there who would and who cares anyways, it is their right and their choice to spend that much on housing, not mine and absolutely not councils. The selectivity of some on council on this project is truly ridiculous. These people are simply trying to build high-end 1 bedroom apartments for executives, end of story. Who cares if they don’t become senior housing down the line or not…why does that aspect change anything? It is not the private sectors job to allow for senior and low income housing.
If the city wants low income housing solved in this city, they should be selling their land at bottom barrel prices to developers willing to bring in this type of housing with restrictive covenants attached to the development.
These are 1 bedroom units, each with 1 parking spot…that is within the legal limits allowed by the city…they should be focusing on how much taxes they will be getting and less about whether or not if the city actually needs high income housing. The city collects under $100 per year right now with the church located there…they will collect probably close to 50K per year with the apartment complex. Furthermore, a new build like this will likely increase the property assessments for the surrounding area, resulting in further tax revenue for the city.
I am absolutely dumbfounded how two coucillors could oppose the rezoning…last time I checked this city was broke was it not?