Good to be back w/ you after our late summer/early fall break.
Apartments, Apartments everywhere!
So...let's try to take a count.
The especially ugly ones on Hwy 36 on the south side of town once completed: 180 units
The "Cove at Town Center" off Alcovy Rd: 350 units
Martin's Crossing (old Wal-Mart): 315 units
Neely Farms (to be fair, these are technically considered townhomes [no word if these would be freehold vs leasehold]): 227 units
Add to that the approx 300 apartment units that have recently been developed & that brings us to a grand total of...
Just shy of 1400 new housing units.
Per the US Census, the average household size in Covington, GA is 2.59 persons per.
Now, I know some of these new apartments are one-bedroom units, so the aforementioned number might not track, but let's just go w/ 2 persons per unit (a conservative number in this writer's estimation). That would add 2800 people to the City of Covington over the next couple of years.
Again, per the US Census, Covington's current population is right at 14,000 folks. That means the home city will, population-wise, grow 20% in just 2 to 3 years.
That sounds like at least a new elementary school. Maybe two. A new middle school? Millions & millions in other infrastructure expenditures.
Gee, I wonder if property taxes will be going up?
The big problem, as I see it, is this:
We're already busting at the seams, especially w/ thoroughfare capacity. We'll be behind the 8-ball constantly for the next several years & traffic, already horrendous, will only get much, much worse.
TL;DR version: we're screwed...