New Smyrna group fighting proposed low-income housing development
A group of New Smyrna Beach residents is fighting a proposed low-income housing development near their neighborhood.
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#1 Sep 23, 2012
I think this is awesome n sad that people who "live comfortably" wouldn't want to see a difference being made for people like us to be able to live comortably...don't judge a book by its color not n don't for get where u came from either before u go judging people!! Such an awesome idea!!
#2 Dec 30, 2012
Its not about judging a book by its cover, nor is it about living comfortably. The only reason they applied to put low income housing on that lot was to get grant money from our tax dollars so that they didn't have to foot the bill themselves, yet they would be able to reap all the profits.
This isn't the place for low income housing. Period. Especially next to what I understand was going to be an upscale retirement community.
Looking at it from the view of people who live in that area, it would bring their property value down even further than what they have suffered with the economic conditions.
Look at it this way. You buy a house for $500K, the building of a low income housing neighbor drops your property value by 25%, or $375. You may not think that is a big deal unless you want to sell that property.
This property should be used for commercial development, not residential. It would have been the perfect spot for that gawd awful eyesore Hampton Inn that they built on Flagler. I won't even go to Flagler now, it is so congested.
#3 Dec 30, 2012
By the way Felton, I am not wealthy. I am only stating what I believe should be a good use for the land. Low income housing does not have a color. I believe low income housing should be built closer to the needs of those with low income, such as grocery stores, bus lines, schools, and other things that low income people need access to.
There are other great places in NSB that is more suitable for this type of housing
#4 Dec 31, 2012
They will also never forget that they EARNED their comfort. You're essentially asking them to feel guilty for working hard and making sound decisions in their lives. They cannot
'make a difference' for other people; those others need to make their own difference for themselves.
#5 Jan 14, 2013
I think NSB should be a 55+ community, these people fighting against the low income housing would prefer it if everyone under 50 and without an income of 200k or higher just left town. It's ridiculous, especially since most of them don't even live in NSB full time or at all. They don't give a crap about the people who are actually living and working here, just trying to survive.
Just because a person lives on a fixed income doesn't mean they haven't earned comfort by working hard and making sound decisions or made a difference for themselves. What a fool-headed thing to say.
NSB Motto: "You can't live next door to a family in a lower income bracket, but a rusted Pontiac sitting in front of your house on the beach is just dandy." What a bunch of wannabes, thinking they live in Palm Beach. pfft
#6 Jan 19, 2013
Wow Enirroc, I am under 55 and I live here full time. I am not rich by a long shot, not even close to 200K. However, the fact is that having a low income community will lower property values, there isn't anything that can be done about that by anyone in any income level.
I don't agree that the people of NSB don't care about those less fortunate in the area. NSB has about 15K full time residents, and we are fortunate to live in the community that we do.
However, take a look at what the residents of some of the lower income communities have turned those areas into. For example the apartments on Mission Rd south of 44. I can remember when they were nice looking apartments, now they look like hell and people just pile trash outside their doors. Too lazy to take it to the curb I guess. That is the fault of no one except the individual and there is nothing that you, me, or anyone else can do about it. We don't need that on the corner of Riverside and the N Causeway.
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