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Town of Bethany's Housing Supply Can't Keep Up With Demand

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BETHANY - A small Ohio Valley town is seeing an influx of people looking to move there, but they just can't seem to keep up with the demand.

Bethany Mayor Jay Eisenhauer is calling it a very unique situation in which the demand for housing in Bethany is greater than what they have to offer. So, in order to keep up with that demand, the town is working with the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle to develop more housing.

The Bethany Municipal Planning commission has been working closely with the BDC to get the necessary funding and identify spots in town that could be locations for new housing. BDC Executive Director Pat Ford said, "There's a number of these properties that have been foreclosed on, or we can work with property owners to buy them, like we have in our recent acquisitions."

The small town has seen an influx of people coming to the college for school or work as well as people looking to retire there, and Eisenhauer said he began seeing the demand pick up in the last year, getting calls and emails from people twice a week requesting property to buy or rent. He said, "This is what we want in Bethany. Like I say, this is what we do we enjoy the quality of life in Bethany that we believe is unique in Brooke County and unique in the Ohio Valley."

The housing initiative will be on the agenda at this week's town council meeting and leaders hope to take their final plans to Charleston soon.

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