Wynja talks housing at city council

Sioux Center city manager Scott Wynja talks with the Sioux Center city council members about progress being made with executing an urban revitalization plan.

SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux Center City Council is moving forward with plans to establish its multi-residential urban revitalization plan to encourage the development of multifamily housing in Sioux Center.

The city council at its Thursday, Aug. 1, meeting approved setting a public hearing date for the establishment of a multi-residential urban revitalization area. They set the public hearing time and date for 4 p.m. Sept. 10.

Among the things to be considered is the establishing and designation of an area within the city limits to be included in the plan. City manager Scott Wynja said the plan is to designate about six acres of land across from the new wastewater treatment plant, at the corner of 13th Avenue Southeast and 20th Street Southeast.

To help keep the units affordable and provide incentive to build multifamily housing, the council voted unanimously at its meeting Monday, July 15, to offer a five-year period of full tax abatement for each of those five years for developers who build multifamily housing defined as having three or more units

During the initial presentation about the urban revitalization plan during the July 1 city council meeting, economic development director Dennis Dokter said plans like these have been used by other communities to promote construction of multifamily housing, adding that Sioux Center has a need for this kind of housing.

“We would like to spur some more multifamily growth in our community,” Dokter had said at the time, “and as we’ve talked with local developers or those interested in doing something like this, one of their hurdles are the financial aspects of putting a complex up and making it cash-flow. This would be a tool we could use to help promote that a bit.”