Williams Bend welcomed

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Chad Thompson

Fort Dodge is on the right track in tackling its infrastructure needs and attracting new people to the area, according to Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

“It’s about building communities people want to live in and you have that vision here,” she said.

Durham spoke briefly during an open house for the Williams Bend Development Monday afternoon.

About 100 people crammed inside one of the recently completed homes at 1304 20th Ave. N. for a short ceremony and ribbon cutting.

“This is a very exciting day,” Phil Gunderson, president of the Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation, added. “The foundation has a long history of projects in Fort Dodge dating back to the ’40s, but never housing.”

He added, “We are very thankful for our partnership with the city. City staff has done so much work to fill the needs of housing to help our community grow.”

The Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation partnered with the city government to purchase the old Theiss farm in 2016. The foundation, the city government, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and developers have worked together since then to turn the area into a housing subdivision.

The Theiss farm extends across both sides of Williams Drive between 20th and 25th avenues north. On the east side of Williams Drive, the property extends almost to North 15th Street. It was purchased for the purpose of establishing a site where new homes can be built.

Eventually, all of the former farm property will be filled with houses, apartments, and duplexes like the one on display at the open house.

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