Building Boom In Mitchell
by Jill Johnson
September 20, 2013 5:31 PM
Last summer the Mitchell Area Development Corporation commissioned a firm to conduct a housing study. That study found the city of Mitchell was in desperate need of more housing.
The study found that in the next three to five years, the city of Mitchell would need 500 more housing units. Now, more than half that is going up within the city.
It doesn't look like much, but a piece of land at the intersection of West 23rd Avenue and North Ohlman Street will be the home of Pheasant Ridge Village, a 64 unit apartment complex in Mitchell. But this is just one of many being planned within the city.
The Executive Director of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell Area Development Foundation Bryan Hisel said, "We're increasing population and we're increasing jobs and that requires housing to compliment that growth."
Hisel says the building boom started after a housing survey was conducted. A year later, more than 300 units are under construction. In the works, are 65 more units behind County Fair Foods. Fifty-two others are already being rented out, next to Menards, the complex is called South Pointe Village.
Hisel said, "Some of those unites were rented out before they were even complete in construction."
While those are being built by companies out of Sioux Falls, the housing shortage is prompting companies in town to get creative as well. The old elementary school on West 2nd Avenue has been turned into lofts. Lofts are also being converted from space downtown.
Hisel said, "Many of them have a second set of units planned if the demand remains strong."
And there are no signs of the trend slowing down anytime soon.
There has been new student housing recently added on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. A second apartment complex has also been constructed for students at Mitchell Technical Institute.
Hisel says apartment complexes are usually the first investment that companies make. However, there's still a need for low to middle income houses in Mitchell.