Spring work has sprung

Throughout FD, new housing construction has resumed, despite the mud

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James Shower, with S&S Siding, of Waterloo, measures a section of wall while installing siding on a home in the Williams Bend neighborhood project. Warm weather and melted snow cover means construction work can get underway again, despite the mud.

There are some familiar sounds echoing around the Williams Bend neighborhood project now that the weather has warmed up and the snow is nearly all melted.

You hear hammers, power saws, air compressors, the friendly banter of workers going about the business of creating homes — and the squishing of mud.

Vickie Reeck, Community and Economic Development director for the city of Fort Dodge, said lots of work will be going on this construction season around Fort Dodge.

One area that will see work is the west side of the Williams Bend project.

“They are planning on putting up eight single-family units on the west side,” she said.

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Construction work is up and running in the Williams Bend neighborhood project, complete with lots of mud from the melted snow and rains.

Infrastructure for a 55-plex that faces 15th Street will also be ongoing. More units of the 30 planned bi-attached homes will also see work.

The Windstone Circle development will also be the site of construction work.

“They have eight buildings up,” she said. “They’ll be doing four additional buildings. There’s lots of activity in that area.”

Work has also started again on the Gypsum Creek development near 10th Avenue North.

“They are putting up six more buildings this year,” she said. “It will be 12 units of bi-attached homes; two are under construction right now.”

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Johnathan Humphrey, of Manson, with Wiseman Construction, knocks mud off his shoes Friday afternoon while working on a home in the Williams Bend neighborhood addition.

There is also a set of townhomes being built this year at Second Avenue South and Ninth Street by Foutch Brothers, she said.

Another major project is set to begin soon on the Iowa Central Community College campus.

Building permits for the Greehey Student Success Center have been issued.

“They have an approved site plan,” she said.

In addition, Aldi has taken out a building permit for a $137,000 internal remodeling project, she said.

Walmart will also be adding a canopy over its online order customer pick-up area.

Reeck said that no building permits have been issued yet for individual private home construction or individual commercial buildings.

“Not yet,” she said.