Pocket Neighborhood Breaks Ground in Maquoketa

posted on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in News

Congratulations to the community of Maquoketa on the groundbreaking for the 10-house Bear Pocket Neighborhood Breaks Ground in MaquoketaRiver Cottages community. This pocket neighborhood will feature ten new 1,064-sq. ft. homes priced at less than $150,000 each. The pocket neighborhood concept features clusters of homes gathered around a landscaped common area with recreational amenities, creating a  neighborhood setting and facilitating daily interaction with shared outdoor common space. The pocket neighborhood appeals to multiple buyers including seniors wanting to downsize, young families, and single professionals. ECDC, a nonprofit subsidiary of East Central Intergovernmental Association, ECIA is the developer for the project and is also offering each buyer $10,000 in down payment assistance.

The vision for the pocket neighborhood began in 2009 when Kelley Deutmeyer, executive director of East Central Intergovernmental Association, started researching affordable homes and sustainable construction. Much subsequent hard work has taken place between then and now. In 2016, IADG was pleased to support this project with a $10,000 “Partners in Progress” grant through the IADG Community Foundation. “Partners in Progress” grant program is designed to help IADG and IADG CF partners implement and share programs and initiatives that are new, innovative, and have demonstrated their contribution and value. Kelley Deutmeyer
indicates, “the IADG grant was the impetus in getting us started on our Pocket Neighborhood project. IADG took the leap of faith and believed in the project before our other partners. It was the IADG $10,000 grant that provided the seed money for us to do the architectural renderings,
house design and some of the legal work. I cannot thank IADG enough for being a partner!” An important element of the grant program is sharing and replicating success. Deutmeyer was a presenter at the 2018 IADG Partners Forum and also recently shared the Pocket Neighborhood best practices at the 2019 Professional Developers of Iowa Fall conference in Sioux City.

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