Commend FCDA for land donation

Editorial: With the shortage of new, affordable housing in the area, creativity is needed to fill the gaps and make sure existing and prospective Franklin County residents have places to live.

Last week, the Franklin County Development Association did just that, donating 8 acres of land to be used for a multi-unit housing. Through the donation, the land will be available for a developer that wants to construct such a development. While what will occupy the land is not yet known, this shows an unselfish effort to fill some of the needs for Franklin County housing.

A good community is marked by entities that don't act for the bottom dollar, but act for what's good for the residents here. The FCDA's donation of a large tract of land to be used to build homes for senior citizens, new families and those in need of affordable housing is a shining example of just that.

New housing could have a trickle down effect on the community. New housing means new people to fill jobs or allows existing residents to stay. New people in town, along with more available housing, can attract new businesses. The FCDA's decision was far more than a donation, it was a way to make sure Franklin County and Hampton can continue to grow.

A lot of work needs to be done with the land yet, including finding the right developer to properly execute the mission of the donation. But the land is a good start and a step in the right direction to help address a significant area of need in the community.