Proposals heard on old trailer park property
Fri, 09/06/2019 - 3:15pm admin
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
CRESCO - Area contractors were given the opportunity to present a plan on how to put new housing on the old trailer park property that is now city-owned at a special work session on Aug. 19.
Cresco is addressing one of the biggest economic development problems — housing.
Just two proposals were given, by BDM (Brent Mehmert, Dave Bourassa, Matt Brace) Properties and Nathan Schwickerath, developer with Dan Weness as general contractor. It was a difficult decision as both were excellent ideas. Later that evening, during the regular meeting, Council members voted to accept the proposal given by BDM. The decision was made solely on the potentially higher tax basis for a 20-unit building compared to 12 units.
The Council strongly urged Schwickerath and Weness to pursue their proposal on other property in Cresco.
BDM Properties Proposal
The business plans to build four triplex condos and four duplex condos. They would be geared toward retirees who are looking to downsize, which would make their homes available to families or others looking to purchase affordable housing. The condos could also be sold to young professionals.
BDM is looking to complete two triplex condos by fall 2020. The entire project is expected to be done in 3-5 years.
The duo proposed an age 55-and-older community for their 12 units. They would have an “L”-shaped building with a community room. Each unit would have a two-car attached garage, including an enclosed hallway connecting all the units.
Construction would be expected to be completed within 18 months.
Both plans incorporated some community space in the center of the property, with a possible community garden. They both would have fire walls and a double wall and double insulation in the shared party walls. In addition, both planned to use local sub-contractors.
Jason Passmore of Howard County Economic Development wants to work with Schwickerath/Weness in finding a property in Cresco where their proposal will work.