The first townhouse duplex unit will be completed in October, but Summerlon Gardens is already selling units.

In fact, of the first duplex, one is already sold.

"We’ve got the infrastructure almost done, so we started building the first unit," said Ric Marboeuf of M.R. Builder, the general contractor of Summerlon Gardens. "One’s already sold."

The townhouses start at $139,900. Due to Summerlon Properties and M.R. Builder working with the city, Summerlon Gardens is being built using a Rural Housing Incentive District.

"The RHID helps keep costs down when building the infrastructure, such as streets and sidewalks," said Greg Gaskill of Summerlon Properties. "This is our fourth project using a RHID in Dodge City.

"We can’t thank city officials of Dodge City and state officials for working so hard with us and working to allow us to use a RHID.

"We’re the first to use RHID in the state. We’ve got a date to go the state Legislature and tell them how we do it."

Marboeuf has a term he uses to describe the RHID.

"Instant equity," he said. "You pay for the unit, but the land and the infrastructure are free. It’s instant equity and banks will love that when discussing a loan."

When completed — in about 4 years — the 67-unit community will offer easy access to a walking trail, fishing and the YMCA.

"There will be a homeowner’s association which will pay for lawn maintenance, plant care, snow shoveling and other outside care," Marboeuf said. "These are perfect for young families, professionals and retirees.

"The outside is taken care of by the HOA and that’s less stress on the homeowner."

Marboeuf suggested interested parties call him or Gaskill quickly to discuss sales.

"Right now people can pick here they want their unit," Gaskill said. "They can choose their exposure, so to speak."

"They can also have some say in finishes," Marboeuf said. "We have some good ones or people can pick their own and make the kitchen or the floors the way they want."

Gaskill said the HOA will make sure the outside is done right — no outlandish colors on the exteriors — but that inside is all about the homeowner.

"We’ve been working since 2014 on this development," Marboeuf said. "We’re excited the infrastructure is in and we’re excited to be working on buildings."

"Dodge City needs more housing and we’re happy to be bringing it to the community," Gaskill said. "It’s good for Dodge City and we’re happy to be a part of it."

For more information on Summerlon Gardens call 620-338-8830.

 

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