This is in response to City Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly’s remark that Marietta lacks affordable housing. As a realtor, I am very aware of this fact and am finding as the years go by the problem is getting worse.
Marietta had a solution and what could have been a model community at one time but with the 2007 downturn, the answer was scratched.
As many recall, Lyman Homes near the North Marietta Parkway was demolished to add a mixed-income community.
Forty-five homes were to be built with prices ranging from $200,000 to the mid-$300,000s. Fifteen of those homes were going to be reserved for educators, firefighters and police, who would receive down-payment assistance.
When the market started coming back and the Marietta Housing Authority decided to sell, MHA placed no restriction on the price of the homes and no requests for homes to be reserved for our city employees.
In fact, the MHA stated that it didn’t care if the developer built million-dollar houses.
The resulting Montgomery Park has beautiful homes with an excellent builder. The homes range from mid $350,000 to the low $400,000s. And it is a wonderful addition to the city. But the original intent was lost when the MHA didn’t request a benefit to the city’s employees.
If the City of Marietta wants to take care of their own who make daily sacrifices to keep this a desirable place to live and raise a family, then let’s do it.
We need to keep these young families here to raise their families and be a part of the community they serve.
Mikel S. Crowley
Senior Marketing Consultant