In today's Bham News: "City may partner with group that builds low to mid income homes" and it mentions the first site to be used located on Owen Avenue. It also says that these are to be modular homes. I am all in favor of the city using hud funds for housing improvement initiatives, however we need to put some pressure on the City of Bessemer to consider the style of homes that they put in existing neighborhoods on vacant lots. The city should not find it acceptable to put a glorified trailer home on a street that is primarily early century homes with historical and architectural significance. Also what I fear is that these homes will be placed far too close together and/or there will be no consideration for ample parking. I hope the City considers the current residents who have equity in their homes and neighborhoods before they devalue our property with proposed modular homes. I think this housing is great and should be placed in areas that are not being intermixed with existing construction unless the new construction is in keeping with the older homes.
A reader (and friend) added this comment, and I am adding it to the origianl blog. Joe
FYI - The proposed development is off of Owen Avenue on McAdory Court. Importantly, the proposed developer has taken great effort to ensure that the style of the homes mirrors the architectural character of the adjoing neighborhhods. What's more, the homes are factory-built, but not cheap, trailer- like junk. They are actually constructed better than most new stick-built homes. For all of the complaining we do about the lack of new home construction in our city and the fact that people are fleeing Bessemer in droves, this is a positive step forward. as with everything else, it is best to ask questions first and not rely upon the Western Star or The Birmingham News for the facts. In either case, they are usually in short supply.