What can we look forward to in the City of Mobile during the year 2021?

Mayor Sandy Stimpson addressed some of those issues Thursday in the Mobile Area Chamber's Virtual State of the City and County Address.

Among other issues, Mayor Stimpson talked about affordable housing and annexation.

He says its important for the city to grow, and those two issues go hand and hand.

Stimpson said, "We've announced that we'll have a plan to complement the annexation effort and that is the affordable housing.  So, we talked about having a thousand affordable houses in the....I-65 area, the oldest part of the city.  So, if you take annexation along with affordable housing, that's the one two punch that you need for us to grow the city."

The mayor says our housing stock is old and perhaps not as desirable as other areas.

He says a lot of people are looking for a new house or don't want to spend a whole lot of money fixing up a house.

City Council President Levon Manzie said in a tweet Thursday he's a hundred percent on board with the proposal and that it will be voted on by the City Council next Tuesday.

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