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JDA to host Walk the Property Event and cookout on Chalmer’s First Addition lots

By Staff | Jun 2, 2017

The Rugby Job Development Authority is planning a “JDA Walk the Property” event, to be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 4-7 p.m.

The event will be a cookout, held on Chalmer’s First Addition lots.

“Chalmer’s Addition has been talked about a lot,” JDA Board Member Tanner Johnson said. “I wanted to make [the event] more about the property. This gives the community a chance to come out, ask questions about any concerns, and be physically on the property.”

Misconceptions about the property have mainly centered on water issues, according to Johnson.

“A lot of the issue were centered around that the area was too wet to build on. There might be some ground water issues, but they’re nothing major,” he said, explaining that while ground water levels are too high to build a basement, a home can still be built onto the property.

There is a drain field on Chalmer’s, but culverts are being installed and covered to solve the issue.

Johnson also mentioned that there were some concerns about the lots being paid for by real estate tax dollars, which is not the case. According to Johnson, sales tax dollars are being used by the JDA to pay for the lots.

Johnson said this event is planned for two purposes, to promote the available lots on Chalmer’s and to bring the community and the JDA closer together.

“I think we [the JDA] need to be a bit friendlier,” he said. “We just need to show people who we are and what we’re up to and get people to be comfortable with the board members.”

During the event, signs will be posted in available lots so potential buyers know which lots are for sale. “It’s been too complicated. I wanted to freshen it up and make it easy for people who are interested in building a home out there,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the event will happen, rain or shine, as the JDA really wants to be able to meet with the community, address any concerns and get some sales.

“The sooner we can sell them, the better. The whole point of the JDA is economic development. If we have one person who is interested and buys a lot, it will be an absolute success,” Johnson said.

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