MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville may never be the same, according to a research group tasked with solving housing issues in the city.
City leaders are worried that student housing for Georgia College could cut out some families. In 2018, the city council asked for a housing study to look more into some housing issues that neighbors brought up.
Tuesday night, the Bleakly Group provided a six-month update. They told council members that Milledgeville is evolving, especially because of how much its economy relies on colleges.
The group's presentation showed people aren't buying homes like they used to. Most of the Milledgeville housing market is made up of rentals, and some of those are too expensive for the average family.
District six councilman Steve Chambers says the Bleakly Group solidified how important the students of Georgia College and Georgia Military College are to their economy.
He said the city's economy relies more on the colleges now because of the loss of jobs and other industry within Milledgeville.
"And we lost, as I said earlier, around 6,000 jobs. And that came with a wide variety, central state hospital, prisons, and re-manufacturing, and we haven't replaced those jobs."
The Bleakly Group will return to Milledgeville with recommendations for the city.