GALVESTON

Some island homeowners are building garage apartments to generate income from their properties and offset rising insurance rates and other costs.

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri.

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(2) comments

John Merritt

I think that anyone who wants to build a garage apartment should be required to also provide off-street parking for their tenants before the permit is issued. This should be a citywide code restriction. The east end has passed rules for their neighborhood that restricted the splitting up of a big house into a duplex, and parking was one of the issues that this rule was addressing. I think a property owner should be able to create a duplex from a single family dwelling if they are able to provide off street parking. Galveston has a big problem with all the cars parked on the street. This is one of the reasons why we are such a target for theives. Too easy to drive around at night to target catalytic convertors, trucks and cars to steal, car parts everywhere.

Ron Shelby

"Garage" apartment. Its adding off street parking in the concept of it.

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