Area towns push for housing construction

By BILL SHEA

bshea@messengernews.net

Fort Dodge isn’t the only area community seeking to develop more housing. Here’s a summary of other projects in the region.

Badger

In September 2017, local leaders broke ground on a 24 1/2-acre site on the city’s southeast side that will become a housing development called Badger Ridge. There are 35 lots in the new subdivision.

Clarion

The White Fox Landing subdivision is on the city’s northeast side. It consists of 23 lots. It was substantially completed in 2015.

Gowrie

Three lots are available for homes at the intersection of Webster and Riddle streets. The city government, in conjunction with the Gowrie Development Commission and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, is offering grants of up to $40,000 to help finance the construction of new homes there.

Humboldt

Development of the new Eagle Ridge subdivision north and east of Elmhurst Avenue continues. Four of the 16 lots there have already been sold. Houses in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range are likely to be built there.

As people move into those houses, other lower-priced homes are expected to become available on the market, according to Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken.

“When someone builds or buys a $300,000 or $400,000 house, they are probably moving out of a $200,000 or $250,000 home,” he said. “So someone is able to move into that one, and that opens a $100,000 home or a $150,000 home and that opens up a $75,000 home.”

Pocahontas

Work continues on the Prairie Estates subdivision, which was constructed in 2015. There are also four lots for home just outside the city limits on the north side.