Fire Hazard, 'Foreigner' Arguments Don't Stop Lafayette Habitat For Humanity Subdivision

Aug 7, 2017

The site plan for Habitat for Humanity's subdivision.
Credit Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

Residents of a southwest side neighborhood took one last stand at Monday’s Lafayette City Council meeting, hoping to block a Habitat for Humanity subdivision.

Three women spoke in opposition – with one saying a house slated to be torn down belonged to her family in the past, while the other two focused on fire safety concerns that Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says aren’t a problem.

One of the detractors, Ann Miller, says she’s also concerned about the people who live in the houses.

“The first Habitat that’s been sold – the poor lady that was supposed to get this house that was going to be so helpful for her – has already sold it,” Miller says. “And there’s somebody in it and he’s renting rooms out to foreigners.”

The ordinance allowing the subdivision to move forward was passed by the Council 7-1.