Housing development plans come before Ida Grove Council

The Ida Grove City Council discussed housing development in the community and the city’s comprehensive plan progress Nov. 6.

The council continued discussions on Jan Hewitt’s proposed housing development on seven acres of property he owns between West Fifth and West Seventh Streets. Hewitt asked the council in October to consider a plan whereby five to six houses or possibly apartments could be built (Hewitt would not build the houses, only make lots available).

JEO Engineering said the potential cost to add streets and sewer and water lines would be around $300,000. The council noted, in order to recoup its cost on the project over a 10-year period, the proposed houses would have to be of a fairly high value for real estate property tax purposes. The council plans to check with Hewitt to get more information on what he is proposing and how the infrastructure would be paid for.

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