Hundreds of new homes are set to be built in Jackson in the coming years, and the Powell-Lepards will be the first family to move in. “It’s exciting. I think it’s going to be a great thing for the City and families like ours,” said Kristin Powell-Lepard. The family, who currently lives outside Lansing, was looking for a new place to call home and saw a listing for new builds in Jackson. “It made more sense to go for a new house than continue renting, especially how high rent is everywhere,” Powell-Lepard said.
The first-time home buyers are getting ready to enjoy a newly constructed three-bedroom, two-and-a half bath home on Maltby Street. Earlier this year, a real estate developer bought four vacant City-owned properties to build new single-family homes. Along with the Maltby house, another is under construction on E. Ganson Street with a listing price of $189,900.
City administration is responding to the need for more affordable housing. In recent months, the City Council authorized the construction of more than 200 single-family homes on vacant lots. Plans calls for making these rental and owner-occupied houses affordable for residents who have a low-to-moderate income.
Community Development Director Shane LaPorte says there has been considerable interest from developers looking to build on the City’s lots. “The demolition of blighted homes in the previous decade has created a blank canvas for builders to construct modern homes that will reinvigorate neighborhoods,” LaPorte said. The City is also offering discounts on water hookups, sidewalk repairs and new driveways for the homes.
Powell-Lepard currently resides in a rural area and is excited to live to an established neighborhood that’s close to schools, parks and businesses. “I love all the breweries, awesome restaurants and the art that’s everywhere downtown. Being able to walk and go grab dinner just blows my mind, because where we live right now it’s a 20 minute drive to go anywhere,” Powell-Lepard said.
Mayor Daniel Mahoney says new homes being built shows the City’s affordable housing efforts are working. “In the coming years, we are going to build the most homes in Jackson since the end of World Ward II. I’m excited to see this growth for our community,” Mayor Mahoney said.
The Powell-Lepards are looking forward to moving in later this summer. “Moving to Jackson will definitely provide a fresh start for our family,” Powell-Lepard said.