February 3, 2014
The recent editorial by Mr. Barry Witcher sharing his concerns about a low-income housing project being built 500 feet from Key Park and government grants being used to help pay for the project. Building low-income units would devalue surrounding homes and properties according to Mr. Witcher.
I didn’t hear any problems with taxpayers spending over $500, 000 to subsidize the building of a chicken hatchery from the real estate community. Where were you and the real estate community when a billionaire company called Tyson-Cobb set up a chicken hatchery 25 feet directly across a subdivision of homes in Lafayette? It’s okay to devalue their homes! To date, the home owners have been plagued with large flies, having to deal with horrific smells, noise, a white ash on their cars, yards, pets, and homes, fear for children to play outside, and simply cannot enjoy being outside.
Anyone can build a chicken house 250 feet from a home owner’s property line today because no one from the real estate community would publicly stand up for home owners and support setbacks for chicken houses being constructed next to one’s home. Again, where were you, Mr. Witcher?
We have many families, elderly, and children in Macon County that live in un-safe and sub-standard housing. And he’s worrying about grant money being used to help provide families, elderly, and children with a safe, warm home but apparently has no problem with subsidizing Tyson-Cobb, a billionaire company. I know a number of families on Coolidge Road that would love to trade a chicken hatchery with a low-income housing unit any day.
We see where your heart is!