Sand Hill Farm_groundbreakingWednesday afternoon Sand Hill Farm housing developer, Kevin Berger along with Culver and Marshall County dignitaries broke ground for a new workforce housing project at 540 West Jefferson Street.

The entry level worker housing development, which is anticipated to be completed in 2018 will include 24 one, two and three bedroom apartments.  These united will have energy efficient appliances and sprinkled for fire protection.

Sand Hill Farm_Apartment buildingThe idea is to help grow the population of Culver by providing affordable housing for the workers in Culver’s three largest employers: the Culver Community Schools, Culver Academies and Elkay Wood Products.  It was noted that only 15% of the employees at Elkay live in Marshall County and about 5% are in Culver.

Funding for the $2.7 million project will include $400,000 from the Town of Culver, $400,000 for the Culver Redevelopment Commission, $30,000 in waived tap fees and $270,000 from a Regional Cities grant.  Kevin Berger also donated and deeded the land needed to the Town of Culver for the location of infrastructure and    Elkay Wood Products will be contributing cabinetry and water stations valued at $95,000. Lake City Bank will fund the remainder of the project with a loan.

Sand HIll Farm_2Bedroom apartmentKevin Overmyer, President of the Marshall County Commissioners said Marshall County is on the move.  This was his second groundbreaking in two days, the manufacturing center in Argos and now a much needed entry lever worker housing.  He said Marshall County will benefit with these projects in Argos and Culver.  He also noted that partnerships are being built across the county.