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Panama City Denies Rezoning for Affordable Housing Project

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Arbor Valley Development presented a feasibility study to Panama City for the development of a senior living community for ages 55 and older.

The development was proposed to be built at the corner of 19th and Wood Avenue in ward four. Siena Gardens and St. Andrews Towers are two of the communities that accommodate senior living.

Siena Gardens is the only one in Panama City that is a tax credit community, which means rent is partially based on the mean income of the county.

Commissioner Billy Rader, whose ward the property lies, said the decision to block the rezoning of this property is not a surprise to him and feels he did due diligence in deciding his vote at Tuesday nights commission meeting.

"Number one, I'm in favor of responsible development," said Rader. "And I don't think its responsible when you build on wetlands. I just feel like I've done my due diligence, I've done my homework, my decision was based on fact not opinion.

"I don't think it's warranted. I think we have enough housing, enough apartments available in our community."

The motion failed with a vote of four to one. Commissioner Mike Nichols was the only yes vote from the board.