Proposal to build Statesboro duplexes dies

Proposal to build Statesboro duplexes dies

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -Statesboro city leaders had to choose between a large housing development or continuing to protect a popular recreation trail at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

Concerned citizens packed the meeting. A developer talked about modifications made to a proposal to build more than a hundred duplex units along the Greenway trail. More than a dozen people spoke against the plan raising concerns about increased traffic and the safety of people walking or biking nearby.

In the end, a motion to approve the development died without a second. At the same time, a motion to deny died too.

“I think the decision tonight recognizes all those things,” said concerned citizen Carolyn Altman. "It gives us pause and says “ok, let’s plan how we’re going to deal with things like traffic and transportation.”

A rather heated exchange followed. Mayor Jonathan McCollar introduced three citizen commissions he’d promised in his campaign last year. He asked for council approval after a first reading. Councilman Phil Boyum countered it required a second reading and questioned some undefined aspects of the commissions' authority. They’ll hold a second reading at the next evening meeting in October.

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