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Proposed Senior Living Housing Project Receives Heavy Opposition; PC

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Panama City commissioners are taking a strong stand against a proposed affordable housing complex for seniors.

Sam Johnston is from Arbor Valley development. The company was hoping to develop a parcel located just blocks from Siena Gardens for a similar housing project on 19th street and Wood avenue.

A feasibility study was presented to commissioners by Johnston answering ten of their concerns about the need for housing from adults aging 55 and older.

Johnston presented data to the board and in it suggests that Siena Gardens and the St. Andrews Towers are at full capacity and both are for senior living. Johnston was met with heavy opposition from commissioner Billy Rader who's ward the lot is located in.

Rader says his constituents are concerned such a development will be bad for the area.

"We've got so many vacancies in our city. So many homes in foreclosure and apartments available," said Rader. "Why do we need more right there at that intersection? That is my biggest concern.

"It's all about location, location, location.

At the next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be the second reading of an ordinance to allow the land to be used for such a development. It will be at that meeting that commissioners will be able to vote whether or not to allow the project to move forward.