City Council approves Katrina cottages

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council has approved a new subdivision for Katrina cottages. But, they'll be limited to a small area in Palmer's Crossing.

A 4-to-1 vote cleared the way for "The Cottages at Palmer's," a development of the R3SM organization that helps families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Supporters say it'll bring affordable housing. But, opponents worry that property values will fall.

"I'm very proud and happy for the people of Palmer's Crossing, because I know it's just going to be a model project that everyone's going to be very proud of when it's finished," said Sheila Varnado, executive director of R3SM.

"I know Palmer's is a very, very large area (and) this is just a small part of Ward 5," said Kim Bradley, president of the Hattiesburg City Council. "I looked at it a couple of times. It's going to be successful, I know, but it is just confined to these 4 acres," Bradley said.

Sheila Varnado says water, sewer and other work has to be done before the cottages can be moved in.

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