New housing starts

Greg Beck (right) of Beck’s Construction, provided a tour Thursday to city officials of one of the new housing units, West View Villas, being constructed at former site of Napoleon West Elementary School. Units are currently for sale and being built. Taking the tour Thursday were (from left), Napoleon City Manager Joel Mazur, Napoleon Councilman Jeff Comadoll, Napoleon Mayor Jason Maassel and Napoleon Councilwoman Lori Siclair.

City officials were provided a tour Thursday of Napoleon’s newest housing subdivision.

New housing has been one of Napoleon Mayor Jason Maassell’s major goals while in office, and the development at West View Villas on Clairmont Avenue, formerly the site of Napoleon West Elementary School, has been a major step toward that end.

Greg Beck, owner of Beck’s Construction, the firm building the housing units, said four have already been sold, while one is occupied. Plans call for a total of 17 buildings to be constructed, with 34 housing units.

Two plans are available for the houses, one being 1,375 square feet and the other being 1,515 square feet, but both plans include three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, living room, great room, kitchen, laundry room, storage and a formal entryway.

“If they let (the builder) know ahead of time, they can also customize their home, with flooring and that sort of thing,” added Suzette Gerken of JanMar Properties, which is developing the site.

Beck added the base price ranges from $199,000 to $215,000. He said the homes will also be part of a homeowner’s association that will be responsible for landscape upkeep and snow removal, but will not mandate certain rules to be followed by every homeowner.

One of the bigger selling points is the fact the city recently made the area around the development a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA), which means property taxes will be cut in half for the first 10 years.

“That’s the kicker,” Beck said.

Gerken added the taxes are on the property itself, not with the owner, so the tax incentive stays with the property if it changes hands.

Napoleon also repaved the section of Clairmont Avenue on which the development sits.

Open houses will be held every Thursday at the sites until further notice.

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