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De’Carlon Seewood, City Manager of Columbia (2023 file photo courtesy of City Spokesperson Sydney Olsen)

De’Carlon Seewood, Columbia’s city manager, says the city is struggling with a housing crisis.

According to the Columbia Board of Realtors, the average sales price of a home rose four percent in April to $396,000, while the median sales price rose to $360,000. Susan Hart, vice president of Reinhardt Construction, joined host Fred Parry in the studio on 939 Eagle’s “CEO Roundtable” on Saturday morning. Ms. Hart tells Fred that child care and housing are critical.

“And if we don’t address these issues, people who are early or mid-career will not stay in our community,” Hart tells listeners.

The Columbia City Council has approved the creation of a new Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, led by new director Becky Thompson. According to Seewood, Columbia has a shortage of housing, particularly affordable housing.

You can listen to Fred Parry’s full interview with Susan Hart, Vice President of Reinhardt Construction, here.