Goldfield debuts new housing program

This is the planned layout for the new housing development in Goldfield that will accommodate the Rural Housing 360 homes. It would be located on the west side of town around the old school. Plans by Schlotfeldt Engineering Inc. Photo provided

Despite the chilly weather, the Goldfield School Multipurpose Room was halffull last Thursday as several community members attended a public meeting to explain a new housing program that could bring over 10 news homes to town. The city of Goldfield and Wright County Economic Development hosted this event, although the presentation was given by a different group that will largely be responsible for the project—Rural Housing 360, a group committed to helping the middle-income workforce own homes.

The meeting kicked off with Goldfield Mayor Gabe Fiscus introducing the project. He reminded the attendees that Goldfield’s last housing project took place in the late 1960s. He also stressed that this new project will “put Goldfield back on the map and push us forward.” Fiscus added that with hundreds of people potentially moving into the area as Prestage gets up and running, housing is a need for all communities in Wright County.

Engineer Wayne Scholtfeldt, whose company worked on the layout of the new housing development with the city, explained the newly unveiled housing plan. The city has 13 lots mapped to the immediate west and south of the old school where the houses will go. The lots will vary in size with most being 80 feet by 135 feet and three larger ones located on a cul-de-sac. The plan will unfold in three phases, with the first phase being located on Webster Street. Utilities such as sewer and water will need to be added during each phase. Mayor Fiscus noted that the utilities for Phase 1 are mostly complete, although Webster Street will need to be widened.

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