Gainesville Development Controversy
There is a big brouhaha going on in the Waters Edge subdivision in the city of Gainesville, Georgia. A local developer has built a 3,800 square foot home that looks very similar to the others in the neighborhood. The difference? This one was build in sections – in a factory.
What is the difference between a building built on site and a building built in sections in a factory? Apparently quality and durability are much better in the factory built home.
At the end of the day, it comes down to perceptions. Some people, who I will stereotype as busy-body housewives, were sitting at home as this house was being constructed and decided to freak out. It was different than what they have seen done on other sites where the (illegal) labor force of Gainesville constructed a home from scratch using concrete, 2x4s, and drywall.
If you actually inspect this house, you will find that it is also constructed using concrete, 2x4s, and drywall. The residents in an uproar allude to this home being no different than a mobile home – which incidentally is constructed from recylced beer cans. True, the home’s pieces were delivered on a tractor trailer. But all of the other homes had their components delivered in the same fashion. Heck – even the yards in this town are delivered in pallets on tractor trailers.
I am not sure why this builder is being subjected to the stop work order and his hearing is being delayed by more than a month. He filled out the required paperwork truthfully, he adhered to (and in many cases exceeded) the requirements of the local building code, and even with the home in its unfinished state it looks attractive and fits in with the designs of the rest of the neighborhood. With his construction loan probably sitting in the neighborhood of $225,000 at this milestone of development, the interest payment for the idle month alone could turn his profit margin from positive to negative.
The city of Gainesville is growing like a wildfire. There are many issues that they need to address to build and maintain a healthy community. The local government should stay out of this issue if the building meets the codified requirements the property is zoned for.