Moving up

District 29 housing officially open

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Steve Boote, CEO of Talon LLC, a real estate company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and owner of District 29 Apartments, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of Fort Dodge’s newest housing.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new District 29 housing development in Fort Dodge Wednesday. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance hosted the event.

“Housing opportunities like this are needed in Fort Dodge and we are excited to see them brought to our community with the opening of District 29 Apartments and Townhomes,” said Dennis Plautz, chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

Construction on the property began last summer on a 10.3-acre parcel of land near Fort Dodge Middle School at the intersection of North 29th Street and Dodger Drive. Residents began moving in Oct. 1 and currently, 55 percent of the properties are leased, according to property management.

The four-story apartment building features a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. It has an all-hours exercise facility, community room, a leasing office, elevators and other common areas. Each unit comes with all major appliances, including in-unit washer and dryer.

The property also includes five individual townhome buildings with two- and three-bedroom townhomes with two-stall garages.

The housing development is managed by Real Property Management Express, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“We really look at communities where there’s a need for (housing),” Ben Lauer, Real Property Management Express director of customer experience, said during an August interview.. “And it’s always nice when the community embraces our project and embraces us being here to provide housing. And vice versa, we like to get involved in the community,”

Real Property Management Express wants to be as involved with the Fort Dodge community, Lauer said in August.

“One of the most exciting parts about coming to a new market is connecting with the community and local businesses and different organizations,” he said. “We’re always open to different partnerships.”


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