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Construction season continues into fall

Summer is nearing an end, but weather permitting, construction will be continuing in Lennox well into the fall. The Central Basin project is moving along, with some asphalt and paving work to take place this week. Paving work began on the alleyway between 3rd and 4th Avenue on Tuesday. Eighth Ave., 7th Ave., Blaine and the cul-de-sac in the Meadows were all set for asphalt this week.

The cul-de-sac in the meadows is a part of the twin homes development being constructed by the Lennox Area Development Corporation. Seeing a need for more buildable lots, the LADC purchased land from the Meadows owners to construct a twin home development. The development is on the northeast side of the Meadows Development, in what LADC President Rob Huber calls a “buffer zone.”

Pictured above: Curb and gutter was completed and asphalt was to be laid at the cul-de-sac in the Meadows this week, completing the street in the twin homes development. These lots are being constructed by the LADC and should be ready to sell this fall.

Huber explained that multi-family homes or apartments are often built in a buffer zone, that area between a highway and a residential development.

The LADC is preparing six twin home lots—the lots will have water, sewer, storm sewer, curb and gutter and a street. The development is on the cul-de-sac just off the end of Meadows Circle. Huber expects that the lots will be ready to sell later yet this fall. If all six lots are sold, that could mean 12 possible new homes in Lennox.

Huber said that while the homes will have some of the same covenants as the Meadows, there are a few exceptions, such as in the number of trees on the lots and the amount of brick on the front, because of the style and size of twin homes.

A housing study completed by the City of Lennox in 2014 estimates a population increase of 233 residents over the next five years.

“This study indicates that within five years, we would need 75 new homes to keep up with the growth,” said Huber.

The LADC has additional housing plans that they want to pursue as the money becomes available. Huber said they hope to be able to buy land for a more common-level development, one that would not require a certain amount of square footage.

“Our goal is to get more people and businesses in town,” said Huber. “We have to design [lots] because right now there is no profit for developers in Lennox.”

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