SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's some good news coming to a Sparta neighborhood.
A housing project there will create dozens of new homes and jobs.The builder, Rockford based Sable Homes, is celebrating with a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
"The neighbors here are really excited to see newer homes that is definitely going to improve their values. This portion of town is one of the nicer sides. It is still very affordable but there is a lot of home ownership pride," said Sable Homes President John Bitely.
Sable Homes will put up 20 new homes in an existing neighborhood located in the downtown area near the intersections of North Union and Grove and North Union and Alma. The new neighborhood, which is the former site of Sparta's Central School, is being called Central Town Square.
"This project has been on hold. It has been stalled a little bit due to the past economy issues," said Bitely. "Once [the] school was retired and demolished, the site was reclaimed by the village with the promise to the school districts of getting some homes built."
Now things are looking up. Bitely says the village has has seen a lot of growth recently and it is the perfect time to get those shovels moving.
"This project has no losers from what I can see. It is all wins. The school district is getting more families which it needs in today's world of budgeting. The community is going to realize additional tax revenue long term," he said.
According to Bitely, it's been a while since any homes were built in Sparta. He says the $3 million project will likely boost area property values.
"The average home is expected to go for about $150,000," said Bitely. "We have already got an order for one home that exceeds that number so it is going to be a nice neighborhood."
The development is expected to create more than 60 jobs for that community.