Housing shortage prompts Monona Council to consider infrastructure needed for further development

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

The city of Monona is considering what it would take to put in infrastructure for Union State Street, just off Jim Burger Boulevard, in anticipation of future housing development.

 

A prospective buyer is interested in a lot in the area and the council, at its Oct. 4 meeting, agreed to look into bringing city sewer to the spot and also graveling the road from the existing street to the lot.

 

“The person who is looking, they just want a little bit to get the sewer to them. Water is there,” said city administrator Barb Collins. “They are happy with having gravel to their driveway for now. We’re not looking to do a hard surface street.”

 

“But we do have to look at the big picture down the road,” she added.

 

Monona’s Council Street cul de sac is nearly full, and Collins said the city, Monona Enterprises and Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED) have already met to discuss the need for more buildable space.

 

“I think this is our next step to take as far as putting more houses in town. It sounds like there’s a need. People are looking and there’s nothing for sale,” said councilman Andrew Meyer. “We’ve talked about the feasibility of getting things to there. We’re at the point where we need to look at how can we do it, how much is it going to be, things like that.”

 

“Spend a little on an engineer looking at it and ballpark what we’re actually looking at [for the full length],” Collins noted.

 

The council liked the idea, and officials are hopeful seeing some activity on Union State Street might spur future interest.

 

“Interest for builders as well as buyers,” said MCED Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, who mentioned the chamber is looking for potential developers to build spec homes. “We’re putting together a package selling Monona and doing a bunch of research, just to put it out there.”

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