Project Updates and Community Impact
2020 Year in Review | Spearfish Affordable Housing a Big Hit
Late 2019, the Dream Design team submitted a response to the City of Spearfish RFP for a new, affordable housing project. Early 2020, Dream Design was selected to build the homes and the project has been incredibly popular from the get go. Though homes will not be ready until August 2021, over 175 people have signed up for the Sky Ridge waitlist, hopeful they will be among the first selected for these much needed affordable homes.
The City of Spearfish has been incredible to work with and has been an exceptional example of the power of the public-private partnership and is working in tandem with the Dream Design team to bring these lots to the City of Spearfish as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Here’s a look at the progress on the “Sky Ridge” project this past year –
Beautiful Black Hills Back Drop
There couldn’t be any better location for this new housing community, with a gorgeous Black Hills back drop offering views on all sides.
The project is also conveniently located off Exit 17, allowing an easy jaunt from the site to downtown Spearfish heading West, Sturgis and Rapid City to the East, and Lead/Deadwood to the South.
The project is just off Colorado Boulevard and across from the Elk Horn Travel Lodge.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Shows Abundant Community Support
On a chilly, winter day in September, the City of Spearfish and Spearfish Economic Development hosted a formal groundbreaking for the Sky Ridge project on site.
City Staff graciously set up socially distanced chairs, brewed hot coffee, and set out pastries for the group that included media from several Black Hills outlets, Spearfish City leadership, local business executives, the Dream Design team, and the Zandstra Construction crew.
Many who spoke were very grateful to see this project moving forward and all testified to how the support of so many public and private agencies allowed this development to come together so smoothly and quickly – a feat sometimes uncommon in these large scale government projects.
Grading Goes Quick!
Zandstra Construction (winner of the formal bidding process by the City of Spearfish) was awarded the project and began grading the day after the groundbreaking ceremony.
In less than two full months, this 160 acre project was fully graded and prepared for the homes and incoming recreation land. Great weather and many mild winter days aided this quick turnaround and gave the project a great jump start heading into next year.
Grading Complete and Soccer & Baseball Fields are Readied!
In this beautiful images shared with us from the City of Spearfish, you can see the final product of the grading work at Sky Ridge.
Roads are outlined and the ground is prepared for the incoming homes AND the many recreation fields that will be a part of the project. In all, there should be seven soccer fields and four softball/baseball fields for use by Spearfish residents. This large sports complex will also be a great location for hosting regional tournaments, taking advantage of the convenient location and this awesome Black Hills setting.
Utilities Now Underway
With grading complete, crews are now working to install all underground utilities, bringing services to the Phase 1 home lots and prepping the lots for home construction.
Utility work will continue into the spring and the lots and homes will be in progress late summer.
Not only is the Sky Ridge project incredibly beautiful against the backdrop of the Hills, but the pricing on these affordable homes is definitely long overdue for this area.
We have spoken with numerous individuals from our 175 person waiting list that love the Spearfish area, live and work in town, but simply cannot afford a home. People are so excited for a brand new home in a price range that’s attainable and are looking forward to being able to settle into this area for years to come.
House plans are in progress for the homes that are aiming for price points at $175,000 and under, $225,000 and under, and $275,000 and under, and interior packages for the homes will be established soon.
Please join the waitlist below and we’ll be sure to share the FIRST look at these floorplans and pricing with you!
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