Eagle Grove: Housing is a focus
EAGLE GROVE — Housing remains a focus in Eagle Grove as the community prepares to welcome Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new $240 million pork processing plant, which could be fully operational by the fall of 2018.
According to Sandy McGrath, Eagle Grove mayor, housing has been a chief concern for residents long before it was announced that Prestage would be bringing at least 900 new jobs to the area.
“We have had some really good people working on that,” McGrath said. “A lot of houses have been rehabilitated or taken down completely.”
Research on how to address the dilapidated homes was conducted in 2012.
Since then the city has launched a campaign to dispose of or fix nuisance properties.
The city along with the Community Development Corporation have successfully addressed about 20 properties in recent years.
McGrath said most of the homes were ones that were left abandoned for five years or more and had no heat or electricity.
“We weren’t singling anybody out,” she said. “We were taking a look at the properties, not the people. We gave the owner the opportunity to rectify it before we stepped in further.”
The city has also turned its attention towards building new homes.
A new housing program called the Commercial Construction Incentive Program, was put in place to incentivize citizens to build a new home or property in Eagle Grove.
The program is designed to benefit Eagle Grove contractors.