CONDOS AT KIKER PROPERTY
Highlands of Blue Ridge Developers
Set the Record Straight
The development team for the Highlands of Blue Ridge has been made aware of misinformation circulating recently regarding the Highlands of Blue Ridge condominium building and would like to provide clarification on the project to date:
1. The developers completed the application provided by the city for this development. Included in the application were specifics required to go in front of the Planning Commission and the City Council for approval, including a building rendering, along with the statement regarding the proposed building height, size, and width.
The developer’s intention is to design a project that will blend in aesthetically with the Blue Ridge community as well as in Fannin County as a whole. Highlands of Blue Ridge will sit on the outskirts of the main business district, will not impede any view of any existing business or home in the area, and will improve the esthetics of the corner of Cook Street and W. First Street.
We hope the information above helps clear up questions/concerns regarding Highlands of Blue Ridge. The development team remains passionate about building a development that adds value and beauty to the Blue Ridge community.
*People were inquiring on FB about the condos wondering if it was a "Done Deal". The letter above is from the Developers. This is verbatim.
I personally don't want to see anymore large buildings in the City of Blue Ridge. I do not want Blue Ridge to become another Gatlinburg, Dollywood, or Helen. I love our small town and our small town congeniality. That in my opinion is what brings people to our area.
City Manager vs Mayor
I'm not sold on this yet. There is to much information/misinformation to make an educated decision. This is an article from David Ralston: https://fannin.fetchyournews.com/2021/06/22/ralston-response-city-manager/ from my research a "City Manager Position" would cost in the neighborhood of $60k-$130k plus benefits and additional staff. Can Blue Ridge afford that? I've also found out that there is a high turnover. The city of Jasper Ga appointed Brandon Douglas on January 2019 to the City Manager position. He resigned on 8/20/21.
Affordable Housing vs Workforce Housing
I prefer Workforce Housing over Affordable (Section 8) Housing. I myself rent so I would love to see lower rental prices. Affordable Housing sounds good in theory. But if people understood that it does indeed bring increased crime (Not necessarily by residents). Another problem some people don't realize for example if a person worked locally at McDonalds as an example and made $10 per hour. That is $1600 per month. Lets say one of those people were at the top of the list for the next unit. Now with the government moving all the people from our southern border to all areas of the US. IF, for instance, this area received 400 individuals, the person that was number 1 on the list, just became 401. Because the 400 that were brought in are considered "homeless" and go to the top of the list.
This is another touchy subject. I posted on my FB Political Page that I can remember main street starting at "Bordon Milk Building". I could name most of the business all the way to the city park. It was also a two way street. We are far from that era. Blue Ridge has exploded with new business and doesn't seem to be slowing down in the future. I myself agree with Alan on my Q&A page. Nobody wants to have to pay to park and patronize a business downtown. We all know that there is just not enough real estate downtown for every business to have their own parking place. So the "Paid Parking" was the only alternative. Plus it brings needed revenue into the city. (More information on this soon)
City Swimming Pool
We need a pool for all to enjoy. But the cost effectiveness of a city outdoor pool versus an "Aquatic Center" must be considered. At this time I haven't seen any numbers provide a definitive answer.
I FIRMLY believe in bringing respect, discipline, civility, and leadership back to the Council Meetings. The city has a bad reputation as being a "Clown Show" at the meetings. I had a personal friend that lived in Tampa that was looking for a cabin in Blue Ridge. He saw a Video of one of the council meetings. Just because of that one video they decided to purchase a cabin in McCaysville.