The city of Washington is celebrating the third major housing project to get underway in 2022, totaling approximately $37 million in investment in the community of 11,000. Officials cut the ribbon this week on Buffalo Trace, a 25-unit, single family home neighborhood, being developed by RJ Community Builders LLC.
A separate 20 townhome project, Villas at Eagle’s Point, is also under development. Those two projects account for a $12 million investment, and will “foster significant density of new workforce housing in the city,” said Bryant Niehoff, executive director of the Daviess County Economic Development Corp.
The Washington City Council approved a tax abatement for the multi-housing townhouses.
“We appreciate the support and leadership of the city and the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation for this project,” said Jeff Steimel, a co-owner of RJ Community Builders.
The DCEDC says the new housing projects are in east Washington, in close proximity to other housing projects that launched this year. Niehoff says the multiple housing projects will produce more 290 new apartments, single-family homes, condos and townhomes.
“We also have a number of other housing projects underway or being considered, so we have a robust housing trend underway here in Daviess County,” said Niehoff.
Niehoff says high-quality housing is critical to help attract and retain workers that are drawn to the area by a growing number of high tech jobs, such as those that will be created by the microelectronics and semiconductor facility WestGateOne.
“It’s exciting and encouraging to see the foundation for sustained current and future growth be laid through housing projects like this,” said Washington Mayor David Rhoads. “These developments will support existing businesses, as well as help our outreach to attract new companies to the city and region.”