Escambia County Pensacola

Not everyone wants more low-income housing, check out Santa Rosa

November 15, 2016

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners heard from the citizens from the southern part of the county last week and rejected two low-income senior housing projects.

The board rejected a proposed 90-unit, low-income senior townhome housing project in the Navarre to built on a 9-acre strip south of Navarre Parkway, near the Walmart. The other rejected proposal was for a 76-unit, low-income senior apartment complex on 10 acres in the unicorporated area on Gulf Breeze Parkway.

Read Navarre residents reject low-income housing.

Yesterday, Pensacola City Councilwoman Jewel Canada-Wynn pulled an agenda item that would have closed a playground and opened the door for the Area Housing Commission to build more low-income housing in the Morris Court area. Read morris-court-park.

Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May isn’t convinced that concentrating low-income housing in only in two or three parts of the city is wise.

“This is a quality of life issue,” May told Inweekly. “Other cities have learned its a mistake to build large housing projects and are moving away from them.”

Commissioner May said that he welcomes a town hall meeting in the Morris Court neighborhood to hear from the residents about the future of their area.

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