City restarts affordable housing conversation

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:40 AM.

With Mayor Mel Magidson on vacation, Commissioner Rex Buzzett acted as chairman for the meeting.

“We need affordable housing,” said Buzzett. “We also have to think of the infrastructure and think of the neighborhoods over there, too.

“We’re ready to go forward on the recommendation of our attorney.”

The commission passed a motion to advertise the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the ball to begin rolling again.

The proposed location for the housing is just off Clifford Sims Road and was donated to the city by the St. Joe Company specifically for affordable housing. The location was chosen due to its proximity to Commerce Park and could act as a gateway as new jobs are created with the opening of the Port.


After exploring relocation options for the office of Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency director Gail Alsobrook, only two options were considered. Commissioners could either relocate Alsobrook to an office at a cost of approximately $4,000 a year or repurpose the existing file room located in city hall.

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