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Published May 16, 2013, 10:05 PM

Breckenridge officials encouraging new home construction

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - To help fix the housing shortage, city officials are trying to encourage new home construction.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - To help fix the housing shortage, city officials are trying to encourage new home construction.

They're trying to bring contractors currently busy working in Wahpeton, where new homes are going up daily.

New home construction in Wahpeton is taking off, trying to keep up with the city's growing need.

Charlie Zach, Zach Construction Owner: "The last couple years it has really picked up."

But, when you cross the river, it's a different story. Housing demand is way up, battling an all-time low in construction and availability.

Cliff Barth, Breckenridge Mayor: "It is difficult. There's just not the right market out there or right type of homes for the market."

Not because of a lack in empty lots

Barth: "We've got a lot of property available."

The mayor says you can get a big lot like this one for about $2,000 to $3,000 but he says the problem is people don't want to build new.

Barth: "They kind of want houses that are ready to go, all the stuff is done for them."

Zach: "I hear people talking when they come to visit with me about new homes that they can't find what they want."

So the city plans to send out letters to construction companies like Zach's.

Barth: "See if we can get some movement going."

Asking them to build spec homes or duplexes for Breckenridge on the city's available property.

Zach: "That's a good way if they've got some incentives for the builders, and we've got the lots, then we'll go out and do them."

So come next spring, the city hopes these lots could house something more.

Breckenridge city officials say they plan to send out letters to contractors after the next Port Authority meeting.

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