Small steps are being taken by city officials to meet Pella’s need for additional housing.
City council members approved a revised development agreement with Harvest Investments for a new senior housing cooperative on Jan. 21 after holding a public hearing.
The agreement includes 22 patio homes for individuals 55 years or older in addition to 10 single-family housing units. The cost of the 22 patio homes is estimated at $5.8 million, with the 10 single-family units expected to generate approximately $185,000 in property taxes.
The single-family units would be similar to the existing homes in Bos Landen and would be the city’s first gated community, says City Administrator Mike Nardini. The development will be located south of the intersection of Bos Landen Drive and Utrecht Laan.
An original development agreement with Harvest Investments was approved by council on Sept. 4, 2018, and Bos Landen was rezoned for the project later that month. The original concept plan included a three-story housing cooperative with 41 units for residents 55 years or older.
However, Harvest Investments was unable to obtain enough commitments, or interested parties, to begin construction on the original development. The company’s new concept plan was discussed at a Policy and Planning meeting in September 2019, and the new agreement was discussed during a council meeting earlier this month.
The newly proposed one-story patio concept plan would include three different floor plans and two exterior options for potential buyers to choose before construction. The three floor plans would include units between 1,400 to 2,000 square feet and different amenities based on each plan. The cooperative would also include a shared meeting space, exercise facilities and a pickle ball court.
The proposal stems from a Marion County Housing Assessment, which identified the need for an additional 966 housing units by 2025 to meet the city’s housing needs. 309 of the 966 housing units are specifically needed for senior housing. The assessment also identified the need for 340 housing units for purchase and 317 rental housing units.
The agreement requires a completion date on or before July 31, 2021 for the senior housing units.