Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

Westfield Acres to hold groundbreaking

HARTINGTON  – The city of Hartington and the Hartington Community Development Corporation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the 19-lot Westfield Acres housing development March 10.


The event will take place at 1 p.m., at the development site in Hartington.
The new housing subdivision has been in the planning stages for the past three years after it was identified through a local housing survey and housing study that Hartington needed additional lots for future new home development. The existing inventory of suitable building lots was determined to be inadequate to support the current and future demand and also allow Hartington to actively attract and recruit families and new business.
The Hartington Community Development Corp. took on the challenge of meeting this future housing need for the community by setting up an eight-person housing committee and then acquiring 10 acres of land in the southwest part of Hartington from Duane and Elaine Arens to begin Phase 1 of the planned 38-lot housing subdivision.  Phase 1 will consist of 19 building lots and Phase 2 will consist of an additional 19 lots on nine acres of land that will also be purchased from Duane and Elaine Arens.  The 10 acres of land for Phase 1 was recently annexed to the city and re-zoned.
Funding for the $833,000 Phase 1 housing development project, which includes the land purchase and infrastructure costs, was provided by a number of sources.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development awarded the project $400,000 in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Funds to help in the land purchase, infrastructure costs and funding for new homeowner assistance to qualified low to moderate income families.  Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Bonds will provide $300,000 in upfront funding and capital for the project.  These TIF bonds are being purchased by four local Hartington banks which include The Bank of Hartington, Security National Bank, Farmers and Merchants State Bank and Cedar Security Bank.  With TIF bonds, the future incremental tax revenue to be generated off the building lots when homes are built will go toward paying off the TIF bonds principal and interest.

In addition, a $25,000 JOBS grant was provided by the FHL Bank of Topeka and the remaining funding will come from LB840 sales tax revenue, private investor borrowing, Hartington Community Economic Development Corp. investment, a city district paving bond and lot sales.
The Westfield Acres building lots will include city water and sewer, street paving and all utilities with lot sizes averaging 100’ wide and 146’ deep.  Steve Harris Construction Inc., Homer, will be the General Contractor on the development project and will do the grading and the street paving.  Plumbing & Electric Co., Hartington, has been contracted to install the sewer and water mains and Hartington Concrete will supply the concrete for the street paving.  Eisenbraun & Associates, Yankton, S.D., the engineer on the design work of Westfield Acres, will continue to represent the project as the engineer through its completion.
The project construction will begin soon after the ground breaking when ground conditions allow.  After the initial grading is completed and the lots are repined and flagged, lot sales can begin.
The target date for completion of the entire infrastructure installation is Sept. 15, 2011, with home construction beginning in late September.  Currently there are two homes tentatively planned to begin construction in the fall.
A billboard sign at the entrance of Westfield Acres, a brochure and a web-site are being designed to provide information on the lots including lot dimensions, lot prices, subdivision covenants and information on purchasing the lots through the local Hartington realtors.
The ground breaking ceremony will take place on the northeast corner of the new Westfield Acres at the corner of Darlene Street and Cornell Avenue. located one block west of Hwy. 57 on Darlene Street. just west of the Golden Living Nursing Center.

Street parking and parking in the new planned subdivision will be available.  The public is invited to attend.
Any questions regarding the project or ground breaking ceremony should be directed to Dan Kathol at (402) 640-3334 (Cell) or email at kathold@hartel.net.