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Panama City Takes Stand Against Future "Affordable Housing" Development

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Two Ordinances were set to be read amending the zone map and future land use of a parcel located at the corner of 19th Street and Wood Avenue.

The owner and a future developer of the project want to build an affordable housing community for seniors.

Commissioner Billy Rader was the first to interject saying he doesn't want to put the cart before the horse.

Rader represents Ward 4 where the area is located. He says many of his constituents have come forward with concerns about having another "affordable housing development" going into Panama City.

Rader was joined by Mayor Greg Brudnicki and Commissioner John Kady with their concerns about the need of such a development and the uncertainty of "tax credit housing."

The developer and land owner both had their say in the matter stating they would follow all the guidelines placed by the city before proceeding.

But Commissioner Rader says he needs to see more studies done in this situation, and others that come forward wanting to develop such properties, because the city has been burned in the past in similar situations.

"In the long run it can cost the city money," said Rader. "If there's not a need for it, why do we need to do it? Why does Panama City have to be known as the "Affordable Housing Apartment Capital of Bay County? I don't like that."

The city voted the developer turn in feasibility, traffic, and water and sewer studies as well as provide an report outlining the local need in the community for such a development.