Pittsburg city officials move forward with their largest housing development project yet, but some resident aren’t happy with the plans.
It’s just grass and trees, but soon these 58 acres will have a new name and purpose–Silverback Landing.
“It’ll be similar to what you see in bigger, higher populated areas,” says Quentin Holmes, Pittsburg Director of Housing & Community Development.
This is Pittsburg’s largest subdivision project, a part of the city’s effort to get more residents and less commuters.
“You’ve got the university that attracts a lot of people. Right now to get new housing people are driving quite a ways away, so we feel like bringing in a new housing project will be something beneficial to the city,” says Mickey Vena, PNL Development.
There’ll be more than 130 single family, three car garage homes, a community pool, a park, and new one million dollar road connecting the land to Centennial Drive. The development will cost two and a half to three million dollars, and homes will go for about $250 thousand dollars each.
“We’ve already had several calls from people interested in the project,” says Mickey Vena.
Meanwhile, some residents have concerns about the development.
“The residents in this subdivision are not against it, we’re just against the way it’s being developed,” says William Strenth.
William Strenth’s home of almost 20 years faces the land. His primary concern is storm water issues and flooding in East Cow Creek that the new houses could create.
“All that’s going to do is increase the size of the floodplain and damage people upstream and downstream,” says William Strenth.
But with the understanding that building plans have been finalized, his focus is to get the city and Kansas Department of Health and Environment to create a new plan for stormwater management.
“If they were to develop it so it was like 1.4 houses per acre and they took care of the storm water, that would be a benefit to the city,” says Strenth.
City officials did not wish to give immediate comment about these concerns. Crews will start moving dirt this October, building phase-one houses early next year, and get families moved into 60 new homes next October.