Community also faces a real need for rental properties,
according to some city officials
The Exponent Telegram
November 7, 2011
By Leslie Moses
BRIDGEPORT – When people look
to build a house in Bridgeport,
they contact the city for information on lots, Director of Community
Development Randy Spellman said.
But there are very few lots left scattered about the town,
Real estate agent Cheryl Workman said the same: “There’s just not a lot of lots available,”
she said. “I would say there’s a
Ideally, there would be 75 to 100 available lots for
purchase over a two-year span, Spellman said.
There is, however, some room.
Spellman said there are properties already in the city
that would make great residential subdivisions.
But it’s very costly to start a residential subdivision
because of all the support needed, Spellman said, listing water and sewer
systems, as well as cable and electric connections and streets and curb work.
“It’s a huge investment,” he said.
Subdivisions already in place can be restrictive.
Years ago, people owned their own land and built their own
homes he said.
But these days subdivision operations cover home building,
according to Spellman.
“We’ve had more and more of that in the last year to year
and a half,” Spellman said.
Those wanting to buy land and build homes independently are
restricted, he said.
also faces a need for rental properties, according to Workman and Mayor Jim
“Rental is definitely a problem with all the Marcellus
shale,” Workman said. “We get calls
every day for rentals.”
Charles Pointe’s Parkview
Village apartments may
help a little.
But there’s already a waiting list for the Parkview units
yet to be built, Christie said.
Overall, there aren’t very many Bridgeport rentals out there, Workman said.
Single-family houses, though, seem more available, according
As of the week of Oct. 24, 95 Bridgeport homes were available, she said.
That number is normal, “not high or low,” Workman said. “There’s quite a bit available.”
Christie, though, cites construction at Charles Pointe, and
Contracts for two or three Worthington Estates homes were
just signed in the last couple weeks, Christie said.
But with the draw of Bridgeport
schools, plus population growth from United
as well as the oil and gas industry, “there’s still a need for housing,” he