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Mayor expresses need for more housing in small town

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MONETTE, AR (KAIT) -

On Tuesday, the mayor of Monette expressed a great need for more housing in the small town.

Mayor Jerry Qualls said after several families approached him about finding rental homes, the city passed a rezoning request for duplexes.

“Weekly we have people coming in wanting to rent rental property and to buy homes here,” Qualls said.

According to Qualls, many of these families are currently living and working in larger towns. He said they want to move to Monette or to live on the outskirts.

The council accepted a rezoning request from a local contractor, Jim Goodman, who already started building a double duplex just a block from Buffalo Island Central School on Hogan Street.

“This is a $190,000 project,” Qualls said. “That will be two extra families here, and of course anything in a small town is going to help the tax base, and this will help our schools, and we need more children enrolled. It's a win-win situation for us.”

Qualls said the project should be complete in 30 days with many families already showing interest. 

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