Tax credits awarded to add workforce housing in Dodge City

May 28, 2016

DODGE CITY – A Nebraska development company partnering with Hutchinson’s Interfaith Housing Services has been awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to build “workforce housing” in Dodge City.

The $6 million Santa Fe II apartments project will consist of 32 new energy-efficient, two- and three-bedroom apartments for families. The site is at Avenue H and Brier Street.

Officials expect construction to begin in the fall, with completion 12 months after construction begins.

All units will be leased to residents earning 50 to 60 percent of area median income.

Gardner Capital Development of Central City, Nebraska, and Interfaith Housing Services are the co-developers. Mann and Co. of Hutchinson will serve as the project architect. The developers have not chosen a general contractor yet, but the project will seek bids in the next 90 days.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation also awarded the project a $300,000 loan from the HOME Investment Partnership Program. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka will provide additional financing.

“We consider it our mission to build sustainable communities and provide economic opportunities through the creation of high-quality housing for working families,” said Christopher Lenz, senior vice president for Gardner Capital Development, Central Region. “We are excited to be a part of this effort in Dodge City.”

When completed, the 2.5-acre development will offer residents special amenities including a community room and playground. Twenty of the three-bedroom apartments will feature 1,400 square feet of living space with an attached garage; an additional 12 two-bedroom units will feature 830 square feet and will offer separate garages.

All of the units will include storm shelters, a washer, dryer, range, refrigerator, garbage disposal, garage door openers, dishwasher and microwave. The project owner will provide lawn care, snow removal and trash pickup. All of the units will be handicapped-adaptable, and four will meet all UFAS requirements for handicap accessibility.

It is the second IHS project in Dodge City, joining the 18-unit Santa Fe Townhomes.