Homewood and Samford University discussing new housing agreement

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HOMEWOOD, Ala (WIAT)– Several Homewood residents are expressing concerns over Samford University’s expressed interest in buying houses near campus.

The university already owns property off campus, and they say they use the houses for faculty, staff, and students.

A former agreement ended last year, so now the city and university are working out terms for a new agreement.

Members of the Homewood Planning and Zoning committee say it appears Samford is buying properties to eventually expand its campus to the north and west.

Samford University Executive Vice President Buck Brock says that is not the case.

Brock says they want to use the homes to offer incentives to employees.

A new agreement is expected to be ready by August.

Residents and committee members say they hope to see time constraints, remedies for tax exemption, a promise to keep properties up to standard, and to see Samford look at other properties away from one specific location.

Brock says the university agreed to several revisions during the meeting.

The new agreement will be reviewed at August’s planning and zoning meeting.

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