As of Tuesday, March 15, 2016
SUNNYSIDE After nearly a year of quiet and calm, construction is again underway at the Harvest Village housing development.
In January 2015 Aho Construction finished the last home on Phase 2 of the project at the corner of Allen Road and 16th Street.
Construction for Phase 3 got underway in earnest earlier this year. So far, nearly a fourth of the 33 home sites are already accounted for.
The nearly year-long building gap was spent laying the groundwork for more expansion, according to Hector Gamboa of Hearth and Home Realty, who markets Harvest Village homes for Aho.
“There was a lot that went into it,” he said of installing underground utilities, including electricity, cable and telephone.
Gamboa said the company also had to build out streets and sidewalks to accommodate Phase 3, which sits on about 14 acres.
Last month, city officials issued building permits for four new homes on Phase 3.
More are in the offing, as Gamboa says another three or four buyers are going through the loan approval process.
“It’s very exciting because for a lot of the buyers it’s their first home… and it’s new,” he said.
Aho received approval from the city in 2005 to start construction on Harvest Village. Through the project’s first phases, 160 homes were built in the subdivision’s first 40-acres.
The fast start in 2016 appears to be picking up where Aho left off before the year-long break. In 2014, for example, the company built 18 homes.
Jamey Ayling is Sunnyside’s planning supervisor, and observes the uptick is likely a combination of improved market conditions and Aho offering home shoppers more options.
“When it first went in, Aho was really busy. Then it slowed down to a home or two here and there,” said Ayling. “In general the economy is bouncing back…increasing commercial and residential property sales are a good indicator.”
Kenny Nelson of DK Bain echoes that sentiment. He has previously noted that the Lower Valley currently finds itself in a seller’s market due to lack of housing availability.
It also helps that Aho is also taking steps to motivate buyers, Ayling adds.
“They’ve upgraded their materials…changed some of the architecture to make them less of a row housing look and have a higher-end look.”
Gamboa said options for prospective home buyers at Harvest Village now include hardwood floors and granite countertops.