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The Riverside City Council heard a proposal to build 70 or more houses in the northeast area of the city.
Real estate agent Jeff Edberg said Apex Construction of Iowa City has agreed to build the houses, which would be about 1,500-square feet and would include both single-family homes and duplexes.
Edberg asked the city to build the infrastructure – roads, sewers and utilities, with the cost recovered from future taxes on the property on the west side of Tupelo Boulevard.
The council on a 4-0 voice vote asked MMS Consultants, the city engineer, to prepare some preliminary budget numbers for what it will cost to extend roads and sewers to the proposed housing tract.
“We think the time is good in Riverside,” Edberg said. “We think there is opportunity.”
He said buyers are looking for already completed houses, and the 28-acre property could increase the city’s population by 140 or more residents.
“I think we would bring people here,” Edberg said.
Edberg said he wants to start construction next year.
Council member Rob Weber enthusiastically backed the proposal.
“We are poised for growth,” he said. “I think we need to find a way to give this maximum attention.”
Glen Meisner of MMS Consultants said he would give the council preliminary budget numbers for building the infrastructure before the council’s first October meeting.