[Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle]
Tom Brantley (shown), a project manager with Gardner Capital, presented to the commission. He said there was a need in the community for this type of housing. He said his firm's market research showed there were more than 800 residents in the area that could benefit from the low-income senior housing, and that the construction would provide 54 units.
"We see a need unfulfilled," Brantley said. "Sycamore does not have property of this type."
During public comment, resident Nancy Schroeder spoke directly to Brantley.
"Is this just for Sycamore people? Where are you going to get your residents?" she asked. "If you get someone from outside DeKalb County, can you deny them?"
"Why would I deny them?" Brantley asked.
"Because you're building it in our community. You're going to ram it down us, do what you want to do, then my neighborhood is affected," Schroeder said. "We have been here. We have lived here. We need to tell you what we need; you don't need to tell us what we need."