Affordable housing might be in Port St. Joe’s future

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:28 AM.

Residents have the potential to walk to the industrial sites and green technology will save costs on utilities making more funds available to be spent locally.

According to the foundation’s plan, the city would deed the land to Pace after all grants necessary to build were approved, a process that would take approximately one year.

City attorney Tom Gibson said that the project may face potential issues if the number of homes on the parcel climbed above 100 due to zoning restrictions. The parcel is currently zoned as R1 which allows for a maximum of five units per acre.

“That is sufficient for phase one,” said Thomasson.

Rick Haymond, a development associate with Paces, showed off past projects completed in the panhandle as well as Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina.

Each community includes a swimming pool, computer lab, fitness center, picnic area, playground and outside grills. All properties are professionally managed by Royal American Hospitality out of Panama City. Contractors for projects are hired third party vendors.

“The market is strong enough to make this project work,” said Haymond.

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