The town lost its million-dollar housing grant, but even before Ravenna was considered for the Neighborhood Initiative Project, at least three builders heard the call for housing, and got to building.
Scott Eilenstine has called Ravenna home his entire life and says the town has definitely changed over the years.
“Seems like I know less people in town than I used to,” said Scott. “I don’t know if it’s because they’re commuting.”
It’s a good possibility they are, with an Increasing number of workers at businesses such as Leprino Foods and the Abengoa Energy plant in Ravenna. It’s that growing workforce that prompted the town government to make it’s need for housing a large-scale project.
Scott said, “They had numerous meetings about what type of housing Ravenna needed and price range and all that kind of stuff.”
In the past year, builders set out to construct four new houses around town, ranging from $95,000 to $195,000. Since Scott had done construction since high school, he answered his hometown’s call for housing. However, so far, construction has been met with less than favorable results.
“We really haven’t had as much interest as I thought we would have. So it’s really kind of confusing to me as to how much demand there really is,” said Scott.
The builders said maybe a 40-acre subdivision isn’t exactly what the town needs, but at least with their homes, it’s a good start for someone to call Ravenna home.