Hoquiam could soon have some new housing options, with construction to start on the Summerhaven housing development in a matter of weeks.
Developers Michael Zblewski and Michael Vellani appeared before the Hoquiam City Council Monday night to explain their plans for the development, located off East Hoquiam Road. The development has been sitting mostly empty for years.
The development had previously been limited to residents aged 55 and older, but Zblewski said they would scrap that restriction.
“The 55 and older was a little bit of an issue in my metrics because you have (fewer) people who qualify to buy the house,” Zblewski said.
They plan to build mostly single-family homes with an average lot size of 1,688 square feet starting at $200,000. The duo are also considering constructing apartment buildings near the entrance of the development. The construction will hopefully be performed using local crews, Zblewski said.
“We’re looking to put people to work, that is very very important to us,” he said.”We’re trying to hire as many people as possible from Grays Harbor.”
Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said he was excited about the benefits a new development would bring to the community.
“I think it’s the first really substantial housing development since the 1960s and ’50s,” Durney said. “I think they’re going to do a good job.”