Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce
This Week Feature
2013 Annual Report
Skyline To Offer Affordable Housing In Holdrege
by Jean Issler
Erin Sandy is dedicated to bringing needed, moderately priced housing to Holdrege. She started working at Duncan Theis Construction two years ago after the company designed her home in Holdrege. She and husband Brock Sandy move into the house less than a month before their twins were born.
Erin Sandy, Duncan Theis Construction
With two newborns and a two-year-old, Sandy said she was feeling the need to go to a part time job. She had worked full time at Ag West in Holdrege. She is now in her second year with DTC in Kearney and is planning to set up an office in Holdrege when the Skyline Housing Development is well underway.
Skyline is a housing concept that has been developed by DTC. Sandy helped with the Holdrege Housing Study done in November 2012. She said learned about the various housing needs in the city and took the idea of the development in Holdrege to DTC owners, Kevin Duncan and Scott Theis.
Duncan and Theis worked for a large construction company and struck out on their own in 2006 to form DTC. Duncan designs houses and Theis builds them. Sandy said they actually have three site supervisors, so they have several projects going on at any time.
Kevin Duncan, Duncan Theis Construction
The partners are not new to building in Holdrege. They have built several Holdrege area homes. Sandy said they have recently done remodeling at the Methodist Church and Bilka Chiropractic. Currently, DTC is working on the new office and shop at the Cargill plant west of Holdrege.
Scott Theis, Duncan Theis Construction
Sandy said the company saw the need for new housing and they went to the City of Holdrege. It advised about available land and DTC ended up designing the new neighborhood. The Skyline name came from Sandy herself.
The land has been known as the Becker Addition. It is located on the south side of the new duplexes at Sunrise View.
Street construction for the development would include paving East Street and extending 11th Avenue to the east. Tenth Avenue also must be created, as well as a new street running north-south a block to the east of East Street.
Sandy said the plan has room for 4 eight-plexes, 7 duplexes and 21 single-family homes. She said the Holdrege Housing Authority has agreed to collaborate with Duncan Theis to add about 22 duplex units to the neighborhood.
The housing in Skyline will be affordable and give people a chance to be homeowners, said Sandy. Although the houses and duplexes will have designs chosen by their owners, the housing units will be built in groups of ten or more units at a time. The new owners will benefit from the savings of building "in bulk."
Using Tax Increment Financing to finance the infrastructure will keep costs down, as well. She said that the unfinished basements in the home are in investment in the future because they can be finished to upgrade the home and to make room for a growing family.
She said that $2.5 million in construction has already been committed to Skyline.
When does construction begin? Sandy said they are currently waiting on the city and city engineer to plan the infrastructure. The next step is for the plant to go to the Planning Commission to approve the plat.
After that, paving and water districts can be formed, the TIF can be approximated, and then lot costs can be determined.
Sandy said realistically, if things go well, they could possibly have basements in by late fall.
Anyone interested in building at Skyline can contact Erin Sandy at 308 991-5449, 308 234-6285, or email@example.com.