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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Hutchinson, KansasThe Hutchinson news monday March 30, 2015 a3 1,000 workers drive into Mcpherson daily and As the City expands the leaders need to account for further growth. A major part of that is housing. Currently Mcpher songs population is about 13,500. Brown believes in a few Short years Mcpherson has the potential to boast a popu lation of 20,000. In an Effort to address affordable housing needs the City has undertaken several initiatives. It passed an ordinance in 2013 creat ing the new construction housing incentive program which offers a rebate on City property tax As Well As $ 2,000 to the closing agent. We need affordable hous ing at All Levels and were working to do that Brown said. Brown said City leaders Are working with families builders and others to add 100 150 new single family Homes Over the next two to three years. Additionally the City has applied for a Community development Block Grant to address some deterioration and rehabilitation of the current housing Stock. A Market rate apartment Complex is also under construction in Mcpherson. The Terra Nova develop ment will add 64 units of Market rate housing on the land near Avenue a and Maxwell Street across from the Mcpherson cemetery. Construction is set to be completed in fall of 2015. Other factors a majority of our work Force commutes in said Anne Hassler director of the Mcpherson convention & visitors Bureau. A majority of the Long term temporary workers especially those associated with the refinery expansion stay in hotels Hassler said. The City receives funding from the Kansas department of Revenue which collects transient guest tax. The Money the City receives is used to help fund the Cit yes summer music series the trolley and Market events among other things Hassler said. Currently Mcpherson has about 425 guest rooms. With two new hotels in the process of being built that could increase by about 180 rooms. In fiscal year 2014 the City collected $ 316,205.32 from the department of Revenue from the tax. In fiscal year 2013 it collected $ 228,639.36. Need for affordable housing housing just cant keep up said Chris Goodson director of the Mcpherson housing coalition. Were excited about the growing Industry its wonderful but sometimes there Are Side effects. With the influx of workers its just made it worse. The coalition receives Calls from people looking for affordable housing daily. Some Goodson said Are living on relatives couches. Its a Community Effort she said. Were All trying to fix it. The Mcpherson housing coalition and Prairie fire development group of Overland Park broke ground last november on a $ 6 million Low income housing development called Prairie Pointe. The 45 unit development will have two three and four plex units with sin Gle car garages. The units will be fixed rent with All electric appliances. Most Goodson said Are 2 3 bed rooms. The City of Mcpherson approved a Rural housing incentive District with a portion of property taxes on the development to be used for infrastructure improve ments associated with the project. Goodson said construction will be completed in three phases. The first third will open later this Spring the second in late summer with the final third in late fall. It should make some kind of Impact but ism not sure its going to be enough she said. Goodson said her office gets Calls daily from people hoping to sign up for the apartments which has a waiting list of More than 49 families. The hardest part about addressing the Issue is doing so in a strategic manner Goodson said. We need to do this in a slow calculating manner she said. We cant just throw up units. Once the coalition feels they ave put a Dent in Mcpherson housing needs Goodson said the group will turn to the other communities in the county. Were moving in the right direction but were not there yet she said. F rom p age o be Murphy Bannerman the Hutchinson news Randy win Berry of heartland construction management group cuts a piece of lumber on feb. 24. A new housing development is being built in Mcpherson on Avenue a and Stearman St. Mcpherson has had a Boom in construction in recent months. Housing from Page a1 it has been several years. While several people i spoke with thought it was a great idea Justin Lafountain associate City planner said there was not one in the works. The last time there was a Community wide e waste drop off at Dillon nature Center. While a spokesperson said it would be a Good thing they also dont have anything planned at the moment but the Good news is Hutchinson will have a City wide cleanup on april 25 and april 26, Lafountain said. Just As they have done in the past dumpsters will be set out around town for the two Days. However electronic waste will not be permitted. Lafountain said the dumpsters will be monitored so that everything goes smoothly. Q. I remember growing up Here in Hutch in the Good old Days and see ing entire houses being moved from one location to another. As a kid i always thought that this was really Cool but As an adult i have a few questions such As who did the moving did we have contractors Here in Hutch would the houses be As Square As before on their new foundation who would the contractors coordinate the logistics of such a move e. G. The traffic Power lines Low hanging Trees would it have been cheaper to build a new House or just find another House rather than having to go through the expense and the stress of such a move there was a time when there were Many House moving companies in the area according to Jon Drouhard whose brother owned Joe Drouhard House moving in Hutchinson. Joe has passed away but Jon recalled helping his brother move Many Homes including a two Story House from Cheney Reservoir to Lacrosse. It took two weeks of driving Back roads. They had to pick the right Bridges and roads to Cross. Today rules Are in place for moving a House according to Connie Strawn administrative assistant to Hutchinsons building inspector. To move a House a plan must be devised and then the mover must talk to the building officials. A $ 28.75 permit is needed to move a Structure and the contractor would have to come to the City and All the different departments for permission. The mover must provide a surety Bond for $ 2,000 for the City. They also need per mits from the Utility companies police and Street department. A plan must be approved by All of the mentioned departments. Once approved they would set a time to move. People have to bring the House up to code once it is moved to its new location. We dont get Many requests Strawn said. She recalls several houses being moved off Carey Boulevard several years ago. Interestingly Unruh House movers were moving a single Story House on Friday West of Salina when i called. Monroe Becker one of the four partners in the business said it was the first House of the Spring that they were moving. He was working with the other owners of the business Shelby Unruh Dwayne Mastre and James Nightingale. They All live in the Galva area. Houses that Are moved Are absolutely Square said Becker. We stay in business if they we rent. Becker said they could still move a House cheaper than the Cost of a new House. It also depends on How much value the person places on the House. If its your grandfathers heirloom then you will spend a lot of Money to put it on a Good foundation Becker said. Asked if it was a stressful business Becker said not when you have Good men. It goes very Well Hutch from Page a1 if its your grandfathers heirloom then you will spend a lot of Money to put it on a Good foundation. Monroe Becker partner at Unruh House movers

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