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Wineberry subdivision could get 11 new townhomes

DeKALB – The Wineberry subdivision could be getting 11 new townhomes (two with four units and one with three), and homebuilder Jared Croslow wants the city of DeKalb to waive its water and transportation impact fees to help the project along.

The request is part of an ongoing plan by the city to stimulate residential growth, and the latest could come to the subdivision off Bethany Road near Brooks Elementary School.

In 2017 The City Council approved an ordinance that waived city water and transportation impact fees for the first 100 new construction permits issued for single-family, detached residential lots that existed as of Jan. 1, 2017. Those affected residential lots were in the Knolls, Rivermist, Devonaire, Wineberry, Summit Enclave, South Pointe Greens, Meadow Ridge and Hidden Grove subdivisions, documents show.

The water impact fee is about $2,400 for a single-family home, and the transportation fee is $250, according to city documents.

“I think you’ll find this council agreeable to waiving those fees at this time,” Second Ward Alderman Bill Finucane said Monday, as Croslow appeared before the City Council for consideration.

The request will go for a vote during the regular council meeting Nov. 11.

City staff argue that waiving fees could stimulate new housing construction in “a very slow DeKalb market,” documents show.

“As of [Oct. 24], the number of waivers that have been issued total 28,” City Manager Bill Nicklas said. “So we’re making very gradual process towards that 100 threshold. So if it would stimulate some new construction for the simple sales of homes to families or others, then I think that’s a plus for our community.”

Croslow owns three family lots in the Wineberry subdivision, which he said have been vacant for 10 years.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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