CLINTON — Several housing developments continued to expand and provide more options for Gateway-area workers during 2017.
The first residents of the The Landing began moving in during summer 2016. By July 2017, the development was nearly half completed. With 14 of the buildings and 75 of the housing units completed, construction began on the facility’s clubhouse, which developer Bob Buker says will be unlike anything that can be found at any other Clinton housing complex. The clubhouse will feature an event space that can be booked for parties, an exercise room, offices, storage space, a dog park, mailboxes and a trash compactor.
Buker told the Clinton Herald in July that he believed Clinton needed a large housing development to accommodate employees of several local companies. He originally thought the complex would attract a lot of employees from the Administrative United States Penitentiary in Thomson, Illinois, but hiring at that facility had been slower than expected. Demand for the housing units has still been quite high though, which Buker credits to employees from ADM and LyondellBasell. The housing complex’s location across from Wild Rose Casino also makes it a convenient location for employees of Billion Auto.
“Obviously there was a need for this kind of development,” Buker said in July.
Early 2017 saw another housing development break ground. The Fourth Avenue Lofts apartment complex, located at 238 Fourth Ave. North, will feature 48 residential units once it is complete. Planning and construction for the complex got a boost in 2016 when Ohio-Based Miller Valentine group received $700,000 in tax credits for the project from the Iowa Finance Authority.
Pete Schwiegeraht, Midwest Regional Developer with Miller Valentine Group, told the Clinton Herald in August that 43 of the units will be designated for low- to moderate-income housing. He added that the facility will also feature amenities such as a theater room, a fitness room, business rooms and an outdoor recreational area.
The official development agreement between Miller Valentine Group and the city of Clinton states that the project must be completed by Oct. 31, 2018. Schwiegeraht said in August that the project should be completed by late 2017 or early 2018.