Creekside concept plan runs into roadblocks

The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission Monday afternoon received a brief update of the concept proposal to turn the Creekside subdivision near Miller Manufacturing into an affordable housing subdivision.
City Administrator Mark Larson said initial research, however, indicated that the tax increment financing (TIF) request by Hutchinson developer Gus Wurdell may not be available for this project, because Wurdell is not the initial developer of the subdivision.
Planning Commission members Ron Knop and Dewey Klaustermeier both said they heard from residents not to allow the development to happen.
“The feedback I received was to not let this go foward,” Knop said. “There is no need for another trailer park. People don’t see a need for it.”
Klaustermeier said he has heard the similar comments, and critics point to “still plenty of openings at Haukos (trailer park).”
“Glencoe has enough affordable housing,” Knop added.
Creekside was the first 100 percent developer-paid project, Larson said, although once the utilities, streets and playground were constructed, they were turned over to the city to maintain.
Whether there is enough affordable housing, Larson said, “is a tough thing to answer. It depends on who you talk to.”
Larson said the type of affordable housing Wurdell has indicated “could compliment (nearby) Miller Manufacturing and its pay rates.”
Wurdell has proposed to bring in 65 single-family manufactured homes to Creekside. They would be newer three-, four- and five-bedroom homes placed on perimter footings and engineered slabs.
Larson said there are not a lot of foreclosed homes in Glencoe right now, or houses for sale.
Klaustermeier suggested someone do a housing study to find out the facts.
For more, see the April 17 print edition of the Chronicle.