New housing planned for eastern FD

Plan calls for 70 duplexes, two new streets

A proposed new housing subdivision on the eastern side of Fort Dodge would include 70 duplexes and a four-acre park, according to plans unveiled Tuesday.

The neighborhood, to be called Gypsum Creek Crossing, would be south of 10th Avenue North and east of 32nd Street.

The new homes would be behind the houses that currently line the south side of 10th Avenue North. They would be in close proximity to the Fort Dodge Middle School and the Rosedale Rapids aquatics center.

Two new streets to be called North 35th Street and North 36th Street would be built to serve the neighborhood. Extensions of Seventh and Ninth avenues north would also be constructed.

RJ Tide Development, of Sioux City, is proposing the subdivision.

The new homes would be built over eight to nine years, with construction starting this year, according to Vickie Reeck, the city’s community and economic development manager.

The proposal was advanced by the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission Tuesday. That panel recommended approval of a needed zoning change. It also recommended approval of a document called a preliminary subdivision plat, which shows how the housing lots and roads would be laid out. Both items now go to the City Council for action.

The Gypsum Creek Crossing neighborhood would occupy 34 acres.

It would have 70 duplexes. With two homes in each duplex, there would be 140 homes there.

Two single-family houses are also proposed.

Russ Bertrand, president of RJ Tide Development, told the commission that there will be five different floor plans for the duplexes. He said they will range in size from 1,323 square feet to 1,850 square feet.

Bertrand said most of the duplexes will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. He said the 1,850-square-foot version will have three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

None of them will be rental properties, he said.

The selling price will range from about $185,000 to about $250,000, he added.

“We’re here to be good neighbors on this thing,” Bertrand said. “We want to be good stewards of the neighborhood.”

The first construction phase will include six duplexes and a section of North 36th Street extending south from 10th Avenue North.

The 1964 plan that led to the construction of the houses now along 10th Avenue North envisioned the creation of North 36th Street, according to Maggie Carlin, the associate city planner. She said the house on the eastern end of the row of homes faces west and has a North 36th Street address.