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Commissioners Assess Missing Middle Housing

Anders Holm Jensen

Athens-Clarke Commissioners approved a report on Tuesday that shows deficiencies in the type of housing available in the county.

The Missing Middle Scan, prepared by Opticos, shows that Athens has over one dozen areas that could accommodate “missing middle” housing - like quadplexes, cottage courts, and small apartment buildings. Supporters say that developing these areas into multi-unit, walkable, live/work spaces would help alleviate the county’s housing shortage.

District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson outlined how missing middle housing could bridge the gap between single-family homes and primarily student-oriented apartment complexes.

Commissioners say that the report will help inform future zoning and land use decisions.