Adding houses

Badger breaks ground on new neighborhood

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Badger Mayor Chris Wendell, at left, City Clerk Nadine Odor and city worker Dave London carry the city’s full complement of gold shovels Tuesday morning during a groundbreaking for the new Badger Ridge housing development in Badger.

BADGER — A new housing development in Badger is one step closer to making the transition from a corn field to a neighborhood as a group of city officials and construction engineers broke ground for the project Tuesday morning.

Badger Mayor Chris Wendell said the new development — called Badger Ridge — will be situated on a 24.5-acre site on the southeast edge of the community. When completed, the addition will have 35 lots available.

The first phase of construction will complete 16 of those.

“There’s a big need for housing,” Wendell said. “We’re looking to bring more residents to the community.”

Wendell said that the city has already received inquiries about buying lots there.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen The dirt flew Tuesday morning as ground was broken for the new 24.5 acre Badger Ridge housing development in Badger. The groundbreaking crew are, from left, David Doxtad, an engineer with ISG, city worker Dave London, Mayor Chris Wendell, Council Member Janelle Wagner, City Clerk Nadine Odor and ISG engineer T.J. Wells, right.

“We’ve had a lot of phone calls,” he said. “We’ve even had a call from as far away as Hawaii.”

Badger City Council Member Janelle Wagner was on hand for the ground breaking as well.

She’s optimistic about the site.

“This will provide growth for our community,” she said. “Hopefully draw new businesses and young families.”

David Doxtad, an engineer with ISG that’s working on the project, said it won’t be long before work starts.

“Construction will start next week,” he said.

One unique feature of the development is a kidney-shaped water retention pond to hold runoff from storm drains. Not only is this sound ecologically, Doxtad said, but it will also provide soil to use for contouring the land in the development.

Currently, the site is a flat field.

“We’ll have multiple lot types,” he said. “There will be split-level and full-basement sites. There’s going to be a lot of recontouring.”

Wendell said that it’s been about 15 years since a new development was constructed in Badger. He said the plan calls for construction of the entire infrastructure to be completed by June 30, 2018. A few of the lots, due to their proximity to existing utilities, might be available before then.

“Some of them will be able to be sold before that,” he said.

Badger City Clerk Nadine Odor is looking forward to being able to do something else for the development — help issue building permits.

“I absolutely can’t wait,” she said.