CLINTON — Officials with Town and Country Development announced Friday that construction of the 222-unit Mill Creek Crossing subdivision will begin within weeks.

Site developer Dan Dolan and Bob Allmandinger of Mel Foster Realty held a celebratory gathering to discuss the development at the Mel Foster office on Camanche Avenue on Friday. Allmandinger said the city council’s approval of the development agreement was the final step in a two-year process to get the development going. He commented on the scope of the project, noting a development of this size has never been done in Clinton.

“This is a major project. This is something that’s never been seen in this area,” Allmandinger said.

He added that his office receives word daily of people moving to other cities because homes are not as readily available in Clinton as surrounding areas such as Bettendorf or LeClaire.

Kathy Klahn, senior vice president and real estate loan manager of Clinton National Bank, said it is troubling to see Clinton lose prospective residents because of a shortage of available housing. She said many people in the area are excited about the potential success the project could bring to the community.

“This is going to be beautiful. The site is fabulous. It’s right in the heart of what’s happening,” Klahn said.

Citizens First Bank Vice President of Real Estate Greg Farwell agreed, saying the subdivision development should do a lot for the community in that it will offer housing to people looking to relocate to Clinton. He commented he is excited to see work on the subdivision begin.

The entire project will encompass 220 homes including villas, townhouses and single-family residential homes. Dolan said Phase I of the development will include 37 residential units, 16 townhouses and 52 villas. The homes are designed with “age in place” in mind and geared toward “empty nesters.” The units will feature no-step entrances, walk-in showers, raised commodes, 36-inch doors with levered handles and other amenities designed for accessibility.

“They’re designed for people to live in and be useful as they grow older,” said Allmandinger.

Dolan added that he is an EnergyStar builder and the homes are designed to be energy efficient.

“It is by far, to the homeowner’s advantage, to buy an energy efficient house,” Dolan said.

The site, located along North 18th Street, is adjacent to Emma Young Park and the Prairie Hills Assisted Living Facility. Dolan remarked that the subdivision is within walking distance of a grade school and several play areas for children.

Dolan stated that all of the homes will be built under the state building code.

Gus Keefer, with the Clinton Labor Congress, said he is impressed that the project will be built to code standards and remarked it will be the first subdivision in Clinton to be built according to code.

Allmandinger noted that Dolan will not the only builder on the site and is inviting those interested in purchasing a lot to utilize any local building contractor.

“I think it’s wonderful he is inviting other builders to take part in this project,” Klahn said.

“He’s encouraging local business,” said Farwell. “That’s admirable.”

Dolan said a groundbreaking ceremony is being planned and will take place in the next few weeks. He said the Clinton City Council and mayor have been very helpful to the project. He added that work on the roadways within the subdivision and construction of the homes will occur at the same time during the beginning of the project and start very soon. For more information on the Mill Creek Crossing subdivision, visit www.housesandfarms.com. Information on purchasing a lot within the subdivision is available by calling Mel Foster Realty at 243-5232.

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