Pella one step closer to more housing

Bruce Schiebout

The Pella City Council approved the first reading of a zoning ordinance change that will bring 41 new senior housing units to town.

The council had previously reached a development agreement with Harvest Investments in September 2018. On Sept. 3, 2019, the company came back with a design for the new patio home development, intended for residents age 55 and older. This proposed development is located approximately 1,200 feet south of the intersection of Bos Landen
Drive and Utrecht Laan and abuts holes 1, 2, 17, and 18. The development includes a housing cooperative
project which encompasses 22 single family unit homes intended for individuals 55 years of age and
older. Included within this portion of the development is a clubhouse with meeting space, exercise
facilities, and pickleball courts. The developer estimates the construction cost of the cooperative project
to be approximately $5.8 million.

A tax-increment financing agreement is being sought, as the developer would spend $2.1 million on necessary infrastructure. This work has already been done. The City would likely reimburse up to 80 percent of these costs over a 15-year period.

In other council action, changes were made in regard to the Memorial Hall. A custodial position was changed from part-time to full-time, which will result in a spending increase of $17,447. It is also believed that the additional hours put in by the custodian will result in this building being cleaner, as well as City Hall and the Community Center. Council also approved keeping rental fees the same for the upcoming year.

There were two closed sessions held, regarding the marketing and pricing of real estate. No action was taken following the closed session. A third was scheduled to be held, regarding litigation, but it was canceled.