City of Swift Current
The city of Swift Current has announced that 41 single-family lots and six duplex lots in the north end of the city will be available for purchase on July 21.
The 47 new lots are located in the Valley Ridge residential area north of the Cypress Regional Hospital. The sale starts at 7:45 a.m. at City Hall, and while the city said demand isnât as high as in previous years, thereâs still a strong market.
âWe have a number of lots coming on now which we feel will meet the immediate market need,â said Mitch Minken, the General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations for the city. âWe also have a number of lots coming on late this fallâŠ so we anticipate weâve got more than enough to meet the demand thatâs out there.â
Minken said the shortage of contractors in the city means there are actually more lots than builders, so progress on the new development may be slower than normal. Lot owners have 120 days to begin construction, but the city isnât going to be strict about deadlines.
âWeâre interested in getting things started, but weâre cognizant of the fact that itâs difficult to find contractors these days,â he said.
The city aims to sell and additional 70 lots later this year. Theyâre also working out future developments around Elmwood Golf Course and in the old school areas vacated by Chinook School Division, although the latter is still a ways away from development.
âWeâre working away at that, but those sites are going to take some time,â Minken said. âChinook school division is not completely finished with all of those yet.â
Things are a bit different with Elmwood, however, where things are steadily moving along.
âThe Elmwood Development there at the Elmwood Golf Course is moving forward at a pretty good pace,â he said. âWe anticipate thatâs probably the next place that weâll be developing and selling lots.â
Minken said the city has sold around 45 lots per year over the last several years. The most memorable year was 2007 when developers camped out in front of city hall to make their purchases.
âThat time (2007) was a very desirable sub-division and the lots were in quite limited supply,â he explained. âIt was a unique situation when that happened.â
To help simplify the sale, the city has maps available at city hall for those interested in viewing the layout.