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Warner Robins Board Stops Low Income Development

6:48 AM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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People in 13 Warner Robins neighborhoods thought they were getting a new and unwanted neighbor.

The neighbor was supposed to be a 96-unit, 6.5-acre, low-income housing development.

The homeowners joined together petitioning the Warner Robins Planning and Zoning board to stop it.

It appears that after an appeal of an earlier decision by the board, they got what they wanted.

Emily Tart, a homeowner in the The Tiffany neighborhood, went to the meeting Tuesday night along with about 60 of her neighbors.

The Tart family moved into the upscale neighborhood in a mostly residential area off Feagin Mill Road, two years ago.

Tart said, "We had originally been told, 'Well, this neighborhood might end up with a small gas station or something.'"

She said that would've been fine. It's when she learned out-of-state developers wanted to build a low-income, three-story housing complex across the street from the entrance to her neighborhood, that she got upset.

Tart said, "My boys are riding their bicycle all the time, and that was a big concern to have them where there's more traffic."

It concerned 600 people from surrounding neighborhoods, too. They petitioned the city planning and zoning board to stop the development.

The attorney representing them, Bridgette Cooper, says that the board nixed the plans.

She said they based that finding on several factors including: The population density of the apartments wouldn't fit with the area. The complex would place a strain on fire, police and local schools. It would also lower property values by an estimated total of $18.4 million.

Resale was the Tarte's main concern. Emily's husband is the Air Force.

She said, "We might get three years in a home. We are not building equity. We don't have time to do that. Were just trying not to lose $30,000 or $40,000."

For now, that's not likely to happen, although the complex's developers could appeal the decision in superior court.

We called the property owner, who's local, and the developer who the City of Warner Robins says is based in Kansas.

Our calls were not returned.

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