04/04 $8M proposed FL tiny house community faces major resistance from neighbors

three tiny housesDive Brief:
Potential neighbors of a $7.8 million proposed affordable “tiny house” development in Tallahassee, FL, have filed legal challenges against the project due to fear that low-income residents will create an unsafe neighborhood, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“The Dwellings” community will include 24 sustainable homes and 130 units ranging from 250 square feet to 400 square feet on 30 acres, and it will feature solar-powered shared areas, on-site community services, a community center, organic garden and greenhouse — all for approximately $400 per month, utilities included.

The average rent in Tallahassee is $1,050, according to The Democrat, and “The Dwellings” developer Rick Kearney said tiny houses might be the answer for “single mothers, senior citizens, retired school teachers or recovering drug addicts,” who have trouble paying the high rate.

Dive Insight:
Kearney said his plan would create the nation’s first tiny house community that focuses on the issue of affordable housing. Kearney, a successful businessman notable in the Tallahassee area for his advocacy on behalf of the homeless said the tiny house development will “be totally different” from the homeless shelter…

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Elaine Walker