Housing project in South Hutchinson includes rental units

SOUTH HUTCHINSON — South Hutchinson City Council heard a brief presentation Monday evening about a proposed new “workforce” rental housing development for the city.

Austin Parker, a Wichita attorney, was hired by the city on Monday for an unidentified “special project.”

During visits to the community, Parker said he decided that South Hutchinson would be a good fit for the type of project he has done in other communities with some of his other clients.

He offered a PowerPoint presentation of a similar project proposed for Benton, Missouri, which included 25 buildings comprised of one- and two-bedroom units, with 99 apartments in total, developed by Kansas City, Missouri, B+A Architects LLC. and 27 LLC. .

The South Hutchinson development would start with 20 units, he said, offering one-, two- and maybe three-bedroom apartments “depending on what the market wants.”

The site would include a park and a playground, but probably not a swimming pool,

“The numbers are tentative, but one bedroom would probably rent for around $1,100 and a two-bedroom for $1,200 to $1,300,” he said.

The group will seek low-interest, tax-free industrial revenue bonds issued by the city for development.

“The bonds are privately guaranteed,” he noted, so the city would be debt-free.

The group is looking to gauge community interest to see how many units they could build. Anyone interested in a potential rental should email [email protected]

This graphic is part of a proposed workforce apartment development for Belton, Missouri, by B+A Architecture of Kansas City, Missouri.  which attorney Austin Parker presented to South Hutchinson City Council Monday night as an example of what could be built in that town.

Council discussed acquiring properties in an executive session, which City Manager Joseph Turner said was related to the proposal. Officials declined to say where the development might be located, pending purchase of the property.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity,” Parker said. “We still have groundwork to do, but we hope to start in less than six months.”

There are several grants available for the development of such housing, but relying on them adds months to development and could limit rents, so they are working to fund it privately, Parker said.

“We want to build them in three or four months,” he said.

Prior to Parker’s presentation, the board voted to hire Parker for $10,000 for the special project.

After the meeting, City Manager Joseph Turner said he couldn’t discuss the special project, but hoped to provide more details at the May 2 council meeting.

Given plots of land

Last month, Mayor Matt Nisly and his wife donated three plots of land owned by their property management company, Doozies to Dandies LLC, to the city. The plots were located in the dead end subdivision on the west side of town.

“With respect to the donated plots, my goal is to explore creative and innovative strategies to stimulate the development of new homes there at some point in the future,” Turner said in an email.

Nisly is not a voting board member and did not vote on the donation.

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