Ida Grove council hears about potential housing opportunity

During its Jan. 20 meeting, the Ida Grove City Council heard about a housing development opportunity, an update on various city projects and another possible location for city hall.

During the meeting, the council heard about a recent meeting between Ida County Economic Development Director Rita Frahm, Mayor Devlun Whiteing and City Clerk Heather Sweeden regarding pocket neighborhoods.

Sweeden said pocket neighborhoods are a new idea in housing where houses face the inside of a block and the area where an alley would normally be, there would be a common area consisting of something similar to a park. An association would take care of lawn mowing and snow removal.

Houses in the pocket neighborhood would be in a price range of around $150,000. Anyone could live in the neighborhood.

Frahm said there are currently grants of up to $50,000 available to low and moderate income families to help purchase housing, which could lower the purchase price to less than $100,000.

While still in the very early stages of discussion, the city might be interested in purchasing land in Old Town for a possible pocket neighborhood. Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council would head up the project if the city chooses to pursue it.

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