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New housing needed for growing population

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Sep 22, 2017

Featured in today’s edition of The Fairfield Ledger is a special section on Fall Home Improvement. The section touches on a couple of new developments, one on the extreme north side of town, North Campus Village, and the other on the extreme south side, Lincoln Court Subdivision.

Fairfield Economic Development Association’s executive director Joshua Laraby said the large developments are driving the increase in building permits the city has seen.

The development in North Campus Village is being built by Martin Brett of Vastu Partners LLC. His units are targeted to people in a low- to moderate-income range. A few years ago, the city council approved incentives to encourage homebuilders to construct more low- to moderate-income housing.

This most recent phase of development for North Campus Village is known as Phase 5 and will include 56 units once it’s done.

Lincoln Court Subdivision, built by Neighborhood Builders and Developers LLC, are building multifamily residences at market rates on 13 acres of land near First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on South Highway 1. If market conditions are favorable, Neighborhood Builders and Developers LLC plan to build 40 units.

“Both types of housing are needed in Fairfield,” Laraby said. “FEDA is striving to encourage more affordable housing, and housing for our workforce and seniors.”

Laraby said he has been focused on marketing the community to developers to entice them to build the housing the city needs.

Laraby mentioned that the county’s population is growing. In fact, it is one of the few rural counties in Iowa to experience recent popular growth.

Fairfield’s population at the time of the last census in 2010 was 9,466.

The United States Census Bureau periodically updates its census estimates. According to its website, the census bureau estimates Fairfield’s population had grown to 10,206 by July 1, 2016.

“We will need even more housing because we’re growing at such an impressive rate,” Laraby said.

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