New homes are heading to southwest Decatur

DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) – New housing opportunities are coming to southwest Decatur.

City council members voted 4-1 to approve a new 24-unit apartment complex at 8th Street and Moulton Heights Road at Monday’s city council meeting. The complex will have three two-story buildings, including two one-bathrooms.

Councilman Billy Jackson voted against the new complex. He said this stems from his concerns that the area already has absentee homeowners who don’t pay attention to maintenance and the usual littering on the street.

“I believe that not all growth is good. Swelling is a growth, it’s not good for you,” Jackson told the city council.

Cathy Smith, the developer of the new complexes, said the project is important to both her and the community.

“I’ve been in the rental business for 30 years and now I get phone calls every day,” Smith said. “People are looking for places to live.”

Smith plans to build the apartment complex behind Morgan Center Childcare, where he plans to build a daycare to accompany the new apartment complex.

District 2 Councilman Kyle Pike said he believes the development will benefit the local community.

“I definitely think that this development will improve the quality of life in this neighborhood. Bring investment into the area and help solve some of the issues we’ve seen in the past,” Pike said.

Gene Johnson, a neighbor who grew up in Moulton Heights, said she hopes the new complex will help restore the area to its former glory.

I remember when we were all growing up here and we would ride our bikes and play baseball,” Johnson said. “Maybe it goes back to, you know, kids coming out to play on their bikes and happy to hear here. in Moulton Heights. “

The development is still in its planning stages.

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