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Huffman lots moving fast

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Sales of the housing lots at the new Huffman Court subdivision here have achieved a newfound momentum, with only seven of the 16 still available.

Lot sales had been slow over the past couple of years but that has turned around in recent months.

“It’s exciting,” town clerk Lisa Slomke enthused last week.

“Right now, we have nine lots sold and that leaves only seven remaining.”

Slomke added five sales have closed (i.e., the property has changed hands) while four others will be closed by the end of December.

“At the beginning of the year, we had two lots sold,” she noted.

“Then things definitely started to pick up, and we had more people kicking tires and coming in and getting information.

“We put additional information on our website [www.fort-frances.com], which I think helped people, as well,” said Slomke.

“So we’ve definitely seen increased interest in the lots and it’s great.

“We’re going to have a full subdivision, which is what we want,” she stressed.

Of the seven lots still available, five are on Williams Avenue while the two are within Huffman Court.

The first home on the subdivision (Lot 16) is being constructed right now, and Slomke said two modular homes will be installed on lots before year’s end.

She confirmed all sales so far have been made to private individuals, and not to any developers such as Syncor, which had been eyeing the lots earlier this year.

Slomke also noted potential buyers should hurry if they want to get a lot; at this rate, they’ll be all gone soon.

“If they’re interested, they need to come in and get the paperwork filled out and get their deposit on the lot they want,” she urged.

The lots are being offered for sale “over the counter” on a first come, first served basis. Offers received that meet the conditions established by council can be signed off and closed within 45 days.

Purchasers of subdivision lots will have five building seasons to construct.

Lots are fully serviced with water, sewer, power, natural gas, telephone and cable.

As noted, the town has more information about the Huffman Court lots on its website, including pricing and which ones already have been bought.

Just look under “Town,” then “Planning & Development,” and then “Surplus Town Properties for Sale.”

You also can contact Slomke at 274-5323 ext. 1215 or via e-mail at lslomke@fort-frances.com

She maintains a list of people who are interested in the lots, and sends out regular updates indicating any new sales.

Plans for the subdivision have been in the works for at least the past four years.

Discussions regarding conditions of sale of lots, lot prices, and procedures to sell the lots at the then-future subdivision first began in 2012.

Construction of Huffman Court, including services, landscaping, and roadways, was completed in 2014.

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