By C.J. Barbre
According to the Department of Public Works which issues all building permits for the City of Lindsay, the 57 new single family residences for which permits were issued so far this year each average $84,527 in value.
This is for three and four bedroom homes. State-wide, the median price of a home in July was $463,540.
So, what is considered high-end housing in Lindsay, homes in the $185,000 to $325,000 range, are at least $140,000 less expensive than MEDIAN-priced homes around the state. Makes you want to sign up for the new subdivision going in north of City Park. The 34.7 acre parcel is bordered by Parkside and Sequoia avenues, City Park and Hickory Street. Six acres are owned by David and Gloria Stutsman and the remaining acreage is owned by Bill and Peggy Sanders. These property owners have provided full consent to be annexed to the City of Lindsay. It is being called the Sequoia-Hickory annexation.
At the Sept. 28 Lindsay City Council Meeting City Manager Scot Townsend told the council that, as they were well aware, because of the soon to be built Wellness Center at the site of the former Lindsay Hospital, the city had hoped to see a higher end subdivision built on the property north of City Park. "As annexation - orderly growth - it makes sense. It will add to the value of the Wellness Center." Townsend said the city is working with developers in planning for the annexation and expect that process to be completed by December.
It turns out that the developers are D&M Resources. D stands for Dave Hunter and M stands for Mark Mann. Mann is of course, the manager of Lindsay Gardens, part-owner of El Colonial Restaurant on Honolulu Street and president-elect of the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce. Hunter took the podium.
Hunter said he has been putting together developments in Utah and Idaho for the last several years. He said Mark had been urging him to, 'Come to Lindsay and at least check it out.' I thought it might be a good time to jump in," Hunter said. He said he has checked out developments around Visalia and Porterville, as he stood before a couple of architectural sketches of the proposed D&M Resources subdivision. The architect is noted on the drawings as Terry Judd of Provo, Utah. The company that produced the drawings is Kinateder and Associates of Springville, Utah. "Kinateder and Associates has 30 years of professional architectural rendering experience in rendering all types of construction and developments for architects, home builders and real estate developers," according to their website.
Hunter said the plan is to make an almost seamless transition to the subdivision from the park/Wellness Center so there is a homogenous feeling between the two. He said it will have winding streets and roundabouts as opposed to corners and stop signs. "It's not just for profit, but actually will improve Lindsay," he said. "In subdivisions garages are the most prevalent part of houses." He promised that would not be the case with this subdivision. "We will get more specific later, but we want to do something really unique."
Mayor Ed Murray commented that people have told him they would like to move up into nicer homes in Lindsay if any were available.
"We will go as fast as we can go mayor, if you would just get their names and numbers," Hunter quipped to a bit of laughter.
Mayor Pro Tem Pam Kimball asked if there were not going to be any garages in front, where would cars be parked?
"The concept we're massaging right now is an alleyway in back," Hunter responded.
Lindsay is really ready for this project. We're kind of excited about it," Kimball said.