New Affordable Housing Complex in Bradenton Gets Green Light
2019-04-11 | Bradenton Herald
Planning Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the
"They will be in a relationship with us for a very long time," said
The company's Addison 85 percent affordable housing apartment complex at
"It's a great, great thing the state does for us," Tabora said of
Oaks at Creekside will be a multi-family development, consisting of four three-story buildings, each with 24 units. There will be a selection of designs, including one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, and there are plans to include amenities such as a 4,300-square-foot clubhouse, a pool, a dog park and gazebos.
Neighboring residents, however, spoke against the proposal, fearing the development would decrease their property values, carry noise into their neighborhood and increase the potential for crime in the area.
"This is a threat to us. It is an invasion of our privacy and we're very concerned about that," said
Affordable housing residents, Tabora explained, are working citizens who need a place to stay just like anyone else. She noted that while Section 8 allows some to live in those homes without earning an income, affordable housing requires a job.
"There's squatters living (on the property) now and, in my opinion, they're a lot more dangerous than the people that are going to be living here," she said. "It's people who are teachers, assistants, young police officers. The people there are no different than me."
"Some of these things being said about tax credit housing, affordable housing, Section 8 and the things
"The statement about crime, I think a lot of the times is a word used to keep out people who are not exactly like us. I think we say things cavalierly and tax credit housing for people making less money does not imply crime. We have to make a home for them, too, because they're a part of our community," he added.
Following the vote, planners met with the concerned residents to alleviate their concerns about the project. All of them left the conversation feeling better than they did before.
"A little communication goes a long way," Dacas said after meeting with the development team.
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