Housing needs survey highlights inventory gaps, sets potential housing goals for Calhoun County

As Jill Heisterkamp has spent more time in her role as Calhoun County Economic Development Director, she’s thought a lot about the housing situation here.

Heisterkamp said she’s raised the question about how to get more apartments in the county when attending economic development conferences.

“I’ve talked with some developers,” she said at a meeting Thursday to talk about a housing needs assessment the county recently commissioned. “They are interested in the idea of 10 units in Lake City, 10 units in Rockwell City and 10 units in Manson. It’s looking at a lot of different, creative solutions.”

The problem Heisterkamp encountered with apartment developers, she said, is that most don’t typically take on projects of less than 30 units. But once developers heard how close together those three towns are, a few started to entertain the possibility of building in Calhoun County.

Amy Haase of RDG Planning and Design presented the results of the housing needs assessment to Calhoun County residents in Rockwell City.

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