The Switzerland County Workforce Housing Initiative will make it possible for 76 new single-family residential units to be constructed in three residential subdivisions in Switzerland County. This project takes advantage of wastewater and other utility upgrades undertaken in recent years to allow for this residential growth. READI and matching funds will be used to complete the remaining public infrastructure and amenities needed to make these homes competitive in Switzerland County’s growing multi-state residential housing market.
Specifically, funds will be used for paving, storm drainage, sidewalks, signage, and fiber-optic broadband deployment. Infrastructure construction will be overseen by the Switzerland County Redevelopment Commission, who is preparing to use TIFF financing for matching funds. The Commission will partner with two developers, who already control the real estate. The completed project will provide a historically underserved housing market with three walkable neighborhoods and position the area for additional residential growth around these infrastructure investments.
A 2020 (pre-COVID) housing market study projected that Switzerland County alone had an unmet housing demand of 44 new units per year and could support a growth rate in excess of 230 new units per year by meeting the unmet need in the immediate surrounding area.