Much has been said and written in recent months about plans for apartment complex development in Garner. Established residents living in neighborhoods of single-family homes generally don’t want apartment complexes close by.
Those neighbors worry about traffic. They worry about noise. And, honestly, they worry about the transient nature of apartment dwellers.
A town – any town – is better off, however, if it can offer a variety of housing options for people who want to live in that community, all the way from public housing to the million-dollar mansions sitting on one-acre lots.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with apartment dwellers. Many of them are young people who are saving to buy their first home. Living in Garner as an apartment renter gives the town a leg up when those renters are in the market to become home buyers. Some of them are older folks who don’t want the responsibility of maintaining a home and yard.
Apartments allow all those kinds of people to call Garner home and, along with their neighbors in single-family homes, they add to the depth and breadth of a town’s human resources.
Garner’s leaders have taken some heat in recent months for OK’ing a large number of apartments, but the plans they’ve approved don’t dramatically upset the balance of housing stock in Garner. They do, however, make the town a more attractive place for more people to live.