Council OKs development order for Goodwill apartments

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM.

The apartments often exceed the American with Disabilities Act requirements for accessibility.

Residents for the apartments will most likely come from Chipley and Washington County, but Goodwill will accept applications from anyone, regardless of where they live. When the apartments are about 120 days away from being ready for occupancy, Goodwill will advertise and begin accepting applications from prospective tenants.

The complex has not been without controversy. Several residents have expressed the opinion that the apartments are not being located in a good area due to the lack of sidewalks in the city, which will limit accessibility and which could result in safety issues for the residents were they to take their wheelchairs onto Highway 77.

Two conditions forwarded from the city planning committee to the development order included increased street lighting for the apartment complex and location of the complex’s Dumpster in a more accessible location.

CEO Fred Shelfer was on hand to assure the council that the planning commissions concerns would be addressed. “We have a full-time apartment manager who is on hand to assist the residents,” he said. “If they have trouble getting their trash out to the Dumpster, there is someone there to help them.”

Council member Kevin Russell was the only council member who voted against approving the development order.

The council also had the first reading of an ordinance to abandon a portion of the public alley beside the Piggly Wiggly store. “You probably have seen the AC units, and the compressors for the meat department,” City Administrator Dan Miner said. “There are several mechanical things there that are sitting on city property.”

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