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Andi Murphy, Published July 13 2010

Dilworth OKs housing incentives

The Dilworth City Council on Monday approved several incentives to get residential developers to buy residential lots in the next two years.

In an effort to expand and develop Dilworth’s residential areas, the council organized a list of incentive options for marketing 44 residential lots in Summerwood additions and about 100 lots throughout the city.

Citywide incentives include two-year tax abatements, free city utilities for two years, free family pool passes, 50 percent off utility hook-up fees and up to $500 for trees and shrubs.

For Summerwood additions, developers will have a discount lot price of $2,000, free mowing services, discounts for two or more lots, and a $500 reward to Realtors who refer a qualified buyer.

“That can be a 10,000 savings (approximate) if you build in Dilworth,” Mayor Chad Olson said. “The development incentives we’re offering are greater than what was offered by the federal government.”

A plan for incentives first came about when the land in Summerwood additions was dropped by its previous developer and financial obligations transferred over to the city, Olson said.

The council is hopeful for future growth once people start looking at home advertisements and are “enticed” enough by the incentives and the city of Dilworth to move in.

“The future is very bright,” Olson said.

The incentives take effect today and are good until Dec. 31, 2011.

“I am very optimistic,” Ken Parke, city administrator, said. “We have to keep looking at this as an investment.”

In other news, the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) will conduct a survey of Dilworth to look at what needs more development.

SHIP is an intervention and wellness promotion program designed to improve the lives of communities by offering education, training and prevention programs for diseases and social and health issues.