Facing housing shortage, neighborhood in Hawley to add 21 residential lots
The lots will be added to the Prairie Hills Estates neighborhood, which began its Phase I back in 1999.
HAWLEY, Minn. — A vision of expansion in Hawley that began 23 years ago reached Phase 5 recently as 21 new residential lots will be added in the northwest corner of the city that has over 2,200 residents.
The lots will be added to the Prairie Hills Estates neighborhood, which began its Phase 1 back in 1999 through the vision of Bob and Helen Olson, according to a release from the city of Hawley. The vision hopes to provide residential development to help grow Hawley, expand the school the system and support the surrounding areas, the release said.
Hawley Mayor Sean Mork said the city is grateful that the Olsons continue to invest in the community. "We are excited about the addition in Prairie Hills to increase and improve the housing options within the city," he said.
R&H Properties of Hawley, LLC, owner of the lots, signed paperwork to open the new residential lots. The plan is to bring new home development to help with a housing shortage in Hawley, according to the press release.
In recent years, Hawley has become somewhat of a bedroom community for the Fargo-Moorhead area with the school system and golf course being “a big draw for the F/M area with a 22-minute commute, so it makes sense,” said Dan Noreen, development manager for Prairie Hills Estates.
“Economic commute to Fargo-Moorhead area or to the lakes, booming school system, progressive community, Highway 10 development, beautiful 18-hole golf course right here,” Noreen added. “The school system is building a new middle school here, so that will bring new people, and our last phase was back in 2018, and that was a 17-lot street, and there is one lot left there, so we’re moving on to the next street."
The lots will range from 12,000 to 22,000 square feet, and prices will range from $40,000 and up to $75,000 for the premium lots, Noreen said.
“It won’t be first time home buyers type property,” said Noreen, noting that depending on the house, building prices could range from $290,000 to $500,000.
Noreen anticipates a five-year build out, and after completion the area has two more projects or streets to put in, each with about 20 lots.
“If we see this built out sooner than that, we will start the next phase,” Noreen said, adding construction is set to begin in September this year.
West Fargo’s Moore Engineering helped with the planning of the project and Hawley-based contractor Sellin Brothers will be doing the groundwork, according to the press release.
Some of the amenities include: a walking path, pickleball court, basketball court, picnic shelter sponsored by the Hawley Lions, and potential for adding new playground equipment. There will also be a tree-lined walkway to Hawley’s elementary and high schools, according to the press release.