Building boom in North Liberty means 10 new dwellings

North Liberty’s third subdivision promises to be ‘one of a kind.’

The Shamrock Estates subdivision is unique due to the leading role the town played in bringing it about.

“Our commitment from a town perspective is we purchased the land and that will be donated to HOA (Housing Authority of St. Joseph County) at the end of the project and we're paying for all the infrastructure, sewer, water, road, and then HOA is the one actually building the houses and taking that responsibility,” said North Liberty Town Council President Jayson Kincaid.

By the time all is said and done, North Liberty will have contributed some $300,000 to Shamrock Estates.

While North Liberty typically sees just a couple of new homes built each year, Shamrock Estates will feature ten brand new dwellings, in the form of five duplexes.

“We’ve done this in Walkerton, and in Lakeville, and we also have multi-family u nits in New Carlisle and other senior units in North Webster, Indiana,” said Housing Authority of St. Joseph County Executive Director Laura Wagley. “In this case, North Liberty has gone way above and beyond what they needed to do.”

During today’s groundbreaking ceremonies, the use of gold shovels marked the start of a project designed for those in their golden years. Tenants must be 55 years old and over and must meet income guidelines. “They have to be at 60% of the area median income and lower, and most seniors will qualify,” said Wagley.

The project’s total price tag is $1.7 million and raising that kind of cash proved to be an exercise that aged everyone involved.

“This project has taken us three years to fund and we've got nine funding sources in it, so three years ago we had them (duplexes) all filled up and unfortunately people had to move to different places, so now we've got about four people on the waiting list and we can fill six more,” said Laura Wagley.

Wagley says the project is being funded with 60-percent public monies and 40-percent private. The first unit should be ready for occupancy this fall.

“We’ve got a good base of aging population that, might not, apartment living might not be right for them, home ownership might not be right for them, so this is just another option for them,” said Jayson Kincaid. “All the maintenance is taken care of, they don't have to worry about the maintenance of the property, mowing the yard, that type of stuff.”

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