Manila Council hears request for condominium complex
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner opened a special meeting Monday night informing the city council Dr. Michael Oldham wants to build a gated condominium complex on Olympia Street, across from the fire station.
Mayor Wagner explained sale of the property is pending on the council's approval of the project.
“These will be the most premier condos in Mississippi County,” Mayor Wagner said. “Manila is growing and this will increase our housing. Most of us would never have thought we would see condos in the city of Manila.”
Mayor Wagner said Dr. Oldham had requested a variance on property he has across from the school as he wanted to build an apartment at that location.
“He was turned down by the council, but he did not get upset with us and he understood the city's position,” Mayor Wagner said.
The city will need to put in a culvert for an entry way. Mayor Wagner said he and Tracey Reinhart, code enforcement officer, have looked at the sewer situation for the proposed project and the pumping station east of the fire department will handle the new construction.
Mayor Wagner introduced Dr. Oldham who presented the plans for gated condominiums to be placed on six acres.
Plans are to lease to individuals as well as corporations.
Dr. Oldham said he has a 10 year history of both building and renting units.
“I have a good relationship with most of the area corporations,” he said.
Plans are to start with three quadplex units.
The units will be three bedroom, 2-1/2 baths.
Reinhart said he wanted to talk from a landlord's position.
“I have some good rental property and some average rental property but not for what the corporations are looking for,” he said. “This will improve the area. If it goes as well, as I think it will, it will bring 60 to 80 people to town. It will help with retail we need to be bringing in to Manila. I am not one for putting in apartment complexes everywhere there is an empty lot, but I think this type of complex is needed in this town.”
Reinhart went on to say it will be a managed area and will be as nice as anything in Mississippi County or in Jonesboro. "The complex will set the bar high for future builders," Reinhart said.
“I am not inaccessible,” Dr. Oldham said. “If there is a problem you can get in touch with me.”
Wagner said he gets calls every week for three bedroom rental properties.
Councilman Donnie Wagner pointed out to the council this is a different situation than some of the requests they have received.
“I can't see any problem,” he said.
Councilman Wendell Poteet said we have made others wait and he felt to be fair, the council should wait to make a decision.
“I don't have any problem with it,” Poteet said. “I wish he could start tomorrow.”
The council agreed to make a decision at the next regular council meeting Monday, Dec. 18, giving area residents the opportunity to comment.