Coweta residents upset over low income housing project

COWETA -- Dennis Cavanaugh was one of the 50 residents in the Timber Ridge Plaza who found a letter in the mail from the city of Coweta.

“They’re wanting to put a 50 rent and low income restricted units which means section 8 housing,” said Cavanaugh.

According to the letter, a company is planning to buy property at E 121st St. South and S 273rd Ave. to build up to 50 low income housing units. The city of Coweta said these will be quadplexes with individual garages. 

Cavanaugh, among other residents, believes this will bring down their property value.

“If I want to sell my house five, ten years from now, I’d at least like to get what I paid for it, not pay somebody else selling my house," said Cavanaugh.

“If it wasn't such a low income apartment complex, then it wouldn't matter about our home values, but since it is, then most people won’t want to live next to complex 8’s and stuff,” said Coweta resident Reece Watkins.

Other residents in the neighborhood also think crime will drive up.

“I do believe that it will affect the character of the people that’ll be in the vicinity,” said Coweta resident Mitchell Spencer Shamas.

“If we do get a higher crime rate, our insurance is going to go up because everybody is going to be claiming slashed tires,” said Cavanaugh.

The city of Coweta plans to hold a public meeting in January where residents can voice their support or disagreement with the housing project.

“I hope to stop the whole build, I’m going to be honest with you, there are plenty of other places to build these things at," said Cavanaugh.

That public forum will be held on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. during the Coweta city council meeting. 

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