Two Traill County, N.D., towns are expanding housing options to attract people to build homes in their cities.
The Mayville-Portland Economic Corporation is exploring how to develop the remainder of land in its Riverwood Addition. In Hillsboro, an area farmer, with help from the city, plans to develop a new addition northwest of the Interstate 29 interchange..
In Mayville, about 75 percent of the corporation’s 60 lots in the Riverwood Addition have been sold and the Mayville-Portland Economic Development Corporation would like to develop a plan for the remaining 30 acres of the Riverwood Addition before the remainder of the lots are sold, said Ernest Strube, Mayville-Portland EDC president.
The Mayville-Portland EDC purchased the acreage for the addition about a decade ago. The starting price for the existing lots in the Riverwood Addition is $6,500 and for non-river lots, $2,500. The lots range in size from 85 by 130 feet to 125 by 1,000 feet.
The Riverside Addition features mature trees, paved streets and a biking trail. The Mayville-Portland EDC plans to approach the Mayville City Council about how to proceed with development of the remaining 30 acres of the addition and about financing the infrastructure, Strube said.
Further east and south of Mayville, community members in Hillsboro are working on plans for a new housing development.
Pat Mueller, a Hillsboro-area farmer, wants to develop 80 acres of land on the northwest side of the I-29 interchange and the city hopes to help him with the project, said Matthew Mutzenberger, Hillsboro city auditor. The land will be developed in a phased approach, he said
Plans for the addition include a trail along the river that could be used for walking, biking, running and a holding pond, similar to Ryan Lake in south Grand Forks. The city also hopes to help Mueller with financing the new addition’s infrastructure.
“We’re definitely in,” Mutzenberger said, noting that the city wants to keep the lot prices affordable and therefore attractive to potential residents.
There is little acreage left to develop in Hillsboro on the east side of I-29, Mutzenberger said.
The first phase of the project will develop 15 to 20 acres and have lots for sale that will house single and multi-family dwellings, said Terry Sando, Hillsboro City Commission president. There likely will be four to five lots per acre, so there is potential for housing for about 70 to 100 people, he said.
Having a place to build in Hillsboro could attract people who come to town for jobs that become available if unmanned aerial vehicle companies locate there, Sando said.