Sturgis’ City Council decided at Monday’s meeting to sell the Sturgis Public Works administration building and use the surplus funds to buy a fourth home in their development on city land north of Woodland Drive. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the city of Sturgis is currently building Governor’s homes on four residential lots which the city plans to sell next summer.
Governor’s homes are the product of a 1996 program created in South Dakota to provide qualifying individuals and families access to reasonably-sized, affordable homes. The homes currently being developed in Sturgis aim to address the city’s need for affordable housing options, and will be 1,200 square foot, three-bedroom homes with two-car garages. Sturgis city manager Daniel Ainslie reported that they would cost $140,000, and he hopes that the pricing will help first-time homebuyers establish themselves in Sturgis.
The city originally considered moving the Public Works building to the city land near Woodland Drive, but after reviewing cost estimates for moving and renovating the building, decided to sell to Shanon Vasknetz for $25,160. He plans to move the building to land he owns on Junction Avenue.
The city plans to seek bids for builders for this project. Ainslie asserted that the city’s project was not in direct competition with any other builds in the area, as most developers avoid such projects due to low profit margins.
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