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New Neighborhoods Update

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We’re closing in on a pre-contract agreement that will begin the first steps of our New Neighborhoods project.  Those first steps include engineering work, an environmental review (which is completed), and platting the project.  We’ve been in a holding pattern for the duration of the summer, so it’s finally nice to have some movement forward.

You can see how this relates to our local housing needs in Mark Coddington’s GI Independent piece here.  The article is a pretty good account that looks at the “why” of New Neighborhoods.

We’ll get there!


Written by Caleb

September 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

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  1. Could we clean up existing empty/ vacant homes and lots? Before building new.


    September 8, 2009 at 9:35 pm

  2. BB – I think you have good point, one that city council and our office have deliberated quite a bit on. If my numbers are correct (I wasn’t here when this happened) but the city did demolish 17 homes (guess-timate) in 2007-2008, and I believe 7 have been demolished in 2009 by private investors.

    If you include our owner occupied rehab program, there has been significant activity toward this need.

    Ord hasn’t enjoyed a new housing development since the 1980’s. While I completely understand your point, we need both – new housing stock and continued clean-up of our existing dilapidated stock.

    An approach to both will get us to where we need to be.


    September 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm

  3. What is the price range of homes in this new housing development?

    I would encourage any construction or demolition projects. Construction workers have big appetites.


    September 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  4. Expect homes ranging from $100,000 – $150,000 in one phase, with duplexes developed as well.

    Another phase will include upscale homes ($250,000+) that will be financed through private investment, and there is a possibility to do a lot in between.

    As to your comments about construction workers, you’re right on. Now is the best time to build – materials are much less expensive than a year ago and aggressive contractors are looking for bids to get to work.

    We have a lot of details to work out with the state which has been a real fun process. You can smell the sarcasm!


    September 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm

  5. One other thing; I’d encourage you to look at the minutes from the City Council meeting Tuesday night. There is definitive progress toward dealing with nuisance properties and abandoned homes.

    I’d expect over the course of the fall and winter steps to move forward on tearing down old homes and cleaning up properties. I know I was as jazzed as you can get from the meeting, as I’m looking forward to continued beautification of our community.


    September 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

  6. Where can one find minutes from the city council meetings? I noticed that on the chambers website the minutes have not been posted in over a year.

    Does the city have a list a homes destined for demolition or rehab?


    September 10, 2009 at 7:29 pm

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