Workforce Housing Development

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska pitches in on workforce housing shortage

By Kent Warneke

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska — Norfolk's local nonprofit housing developer — is joining efforts with two partners to develop a new housing subdivision in Norfolk.

Once completed, the development — known as the Nor-Park Subdivision — will create 50 additional lots for construction of new houses.

The need for new housing units for Norfolk's workforce is huge, and NeighborWorks is pleased to help meet that demand, said Roger Nadrchal, chief executive officer of NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska.

Count Josh Moenning, mayor of Norfolk, and Mark Zimmerer, president of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce, among those pleased to see the housing project become a reality.

Moenning said, “I’m very excited to see this project move forward. NeighborWorks has stepped up to lead on this effort to bring new homes to Norfolk, furthering its mission of making quality housing accessible and affordable. Partnerships like this one play a very important role in addressing our community’s housing needs.”

Zimmerer said he believes Norfolkans will be pleased with the kind of homes that will be built in the new subdivision.

“I have personally toured some of the housing development projects NeighborWorks completed in Columbus and believe that having them start a comparable project like that here in Norfolk is great for our community,” he said. “This project specifically addresses Norfolk’s need for workforce-priced housing and further supports the efforts of our local companies in recruitment of new talent to our growing community.”

Nadrchal said NeighborWorks is partnering with Mesner Development Co. and Progressive Builders on the project. Planned is development of a 10-acre tract of land located just north of the Nebraska Public Power District’s facilities in southeast Norfolk.

The proposed plan is to subdivide this area into 28 single-family detached units and 22 single-family attached units, which will be market rate homes. Lots will be available to all builders to purchase and construct new homes, Nadrchal said.

“I’m excited to work with these partners to help meet the need of additional housing units for the community of Norfolk,” Nadrchal said. “The Greater Norfolk Economic Development Foundation, Mayor Josh Moenning and city staff have been very supportive of this project.”

This article was published by the Norfolk Daily News on August 4, 2017

Posted on: Aug 4, 2017 - 1:38 PM
Last modified on: Aug 4, 2017 - 2:21 PM

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