Coffeyville, KS

#1 Oct 25, 2009
We all want jobs to come to Coffeyville. Lord knows we need the tax base.

What do people in the buisness world look for?

1. A good employee base. Cville has that.
2. Land or buildings. Cville has that.

I believe they look for other things as well. How about places for middle management to live. Young single up and coming people like to live in nice homes/apartments. Management with families like nice houses in nice neighborhoods.

I am a blue collar and I know we need those with money to look upon Coffeyville. We need to lay the groundwork for housing to attract them.

What seems to be the trend lately is to build low income housing. I believe low income families need a nice place to live as well but what about the middle of the road.

Coffeyville seems to have 2 kinds of homes/apartments. There are low income multi family apartments and very high end condos.

Example the new apartments that are to possibly be built behind Brown's Furniture in the parking lot. Those are intended for people considered low income. The builder also wants a tax break for 10 years. I am also guessing most of the tenants would be on some type of Government assistance. Correct me if I'm wrong but isnt that money tax free or close to it?

In what way would those building help to move Coffeyville forward? Why not build a nice building collect tax on it and provide a place for middle class singles/couples to live. Those tenants would be higher taxed people with more money to spend in the local economy.

There is a very large gap in the market for the middle man. The guy that works for a living that can afford a nice home is left out. Your choices seem to be a junky house in a junky area or a fine expensive house in a very nice area.

I would like to see the middle man thought of as much as the low income man. If your attract buisness you will have less low income.

I know my views will seem harsh and cold to many. I just feel we need to target a certain people to help Coffeyville grow. What do you guys think?

Coffeyville, KS

#2 Oct 25, 2009
I agree. Bringing those kind of tenants to downtown will do nothing but create a negative image of that area.
Thinking out loud

United States

#3 Oct 25, 2009
Its always about the Haves and Have nots. Never about the almost have . So you are right . I have always thought a nice apartment building in the Ville would go over well. A place where people who make a lil money and can pay their bills can live and enjoy their life. Some people dont like taking care of a yard and the what nots of owning a home. They would much rather live in an apartment. Some nice 2 or 3 bedroom apts. Maybe a pool.
But hey it is Coffeyville. Would it really work ?

Coffeyville, KS

#4 Oct 25, 2009
Thinking out loud yes I think it would work. Back years ago when I was single and younger I had a good job and looked for a decent place to live. My choices were small dirty houses or Casa Del sol. I made to much for the Garden Apartments and couldnt afford the Casa. There was no middle ground.

I do know what you mean by "But hey it is Coffeyville. Would it really work ?"

This town does tend to drop the ball on things. But if we could just get a new mind set I think we could do good. Take for example the work Shelley Passch and Downtown Inc is doing. I have enjoyed every event I and sometimes my family have attended. We should use that same spirit and run with it.

I dont think a low income building sitting downtown would help bring downtown back to life. Im sure the only reason this developer wants to build low income housing is because he will be subsidized by the Govt.

I hope our city leaders dont forget us.

Leon, KS

#5 Oct 25, 2009
WHAT ? This town is all about retirement.
It's not about jobs and work. the only middle class people here now, are those that can't find jobs in this town so people are moving or driving 50 miles one way to work. how long will that last. the housing in this town sucks and the neighbors around us don't care what their homes look like if it will keep the property tax down. sounds foolish to me.

Coffeyville, KS

#6 Oct 26, 2009
That is the attitude we need to change.

Since: Feb 09

United States

#7 Oct 26, 2009
Nursing homes, cemetarys, and liquor stores, the ville's main offerings

Since: Oct 09

Pratt, KS

#8 Oct 26, 2009
tallicamantw wrote:
Nursing homes, cemetarys, and liquor stores, the ville's main offerings
Don't forget "Fast Food" places. I agree with Mee1. We really need just what you would call "Normal" housing. I've been lucky, I own my own home. I too remember being young and wanting a nice place to live. I ended up moving to a big city so I could have nice living conditions. Another thing we can do is CLEAN Coffeyville up, get rid of the trash, old cars and car parts that seem to collect in the yards. It's time to turn this thing around. Nobody wants to live in a trashy community. We dp not need any more low income housing here!

“Better listen the first time”

Since: Aug 09

jest an ol' hillbilly

#9 Oct 26, 2009
Why don't we have the developers/city commision spend a week down in 3rd street apts. Then let them decide if that is what we really want downtown.You have some of the folks in these apts really struggling to better themselves. Some are just trying to make a honest living.. Then you have the "others". The women who have made a career of having babies and living off welfare.. With their "man" in the background, maybe living there. Of course he is just a "visitor". She just happens to have a full wardrobe of men's clothes. He does not have a job, yet always seems to have money or else sucks off her welfare.
It will increase the traffic flow downtown. Definitely more work for Coffeyville's Finest downtown. Drug dealing will be a little easier.. The out of town drug courier will have the motel right next door.. Make it easier to make the transfer.
I'm sure the city/developer will address all these thoughts.. I'm sure they will have ready answers to these concerns. It will bring back downtown and improve the economy (so they will say)...AND, THERE WILL NOT BE AN INCREASE IN CRIME DOWNTOWN. Where it is actually ALMOST non-exsistent now.

Just sittin and watchin

United States

#10 Oct 26, 2009
Horrible Idea building apts there. I agree with you guys. However Nice affordable apts would be great. I don't where the best place to put would be though. There are sooo many eye sores around here a young family would be put off by it. We do need to do something about the appearance of this town. Though it seems an impossible task.

Coffeyville, KS

#12 Oct 28, 2009
tallicamantw wrote:
Nursing homes, cemetarys, and liquor stores, the ville's main offerings
hey you forgot the golf course

Coffeyville, KS

#13 Oct 28, 2009
You also forgot We have an Electrical power plant,with numerous Employees,yet the produce NO power there and BUY our power from another company.Now you wonder why your electric rates are high?

Since: Aug 08


#14 Oct 28, 2009
One issue with middle class apartments in a town like Coffeyville. Many people who grew up in a small town don't really consider an apartment like those in a larger city. That is an attitude that would need to be changed for one to work.

Really the best option in a smaller town is a dublex/triplex type of set up. I really think a group of 10-20 duplexes would rent much easier than an apartment complex of similar units would.

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