Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was in Chariton this past Thursday afternoon to tour one of the homes that’s part of a new housing development being done here by Ground Breaker Homes out of Clive in partnership with the Lucas County Development Corporation (LCDC).

There are five homes in the development in Chariton. Four of the five homes have been sold and are occupied. One home, the one the governor went through, is still for sale. The starting cost for the five homes built in Chariton is $229,000.

According to a news release, Ground Breaker Homes worked with LCDC to acquire the lots for new home construction. Under a construction agreement, the lots were offered to Ground Breaker Homes provided the company built one unit per lot.

The home Gov. Reynolds went through is at 1112 N. 17th St., which is over by the high school football field and baseball field in northwest Chariton. It’s a Ranch select model home with a main floor and an unfinished basement. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and the main floor and basement are each 1,396 square feet in size.

Along with touring the home, the governor also sat down in the home’s living room and talked with three local leaders about the Chariton housing development project including Chariton Mayor Denny Bisgard, LCDC Executive Director Christopher Watkins and Midwest Heritage Bank President Tony Kaska.

Two representatives of Ground Breaker Homes were also present including Partner/Owner Steve Bruere and Director of Sales and Marketing Kalen Ludwig.

According to a news release, Gov. Reynolds and the Lucas County officials were also touting the benefits of a public-private partnership to bring more housing in rural Iowa communities. Through public private partnerships, Ground Breaker Homes has embarked on building housing in rural Iowa communities, which desperately need homes to attract and retain workers, and secure more economic development projects.

Read the July 14, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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