By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Shortly before the groundbreaking last Friday, gravel was still being moved for a road yet to be built.
If all goes according to plan, by the end of 2015 that road – and 54 new homes – will be complete.
That is the plan for Windsor Island Estates, a new subdivision being built by Diamond Realty Group and I&E Construction.
The new Stacey Lee Drive will stretch from Windsor Island Road to Willow Leaf Street.
“This project came in nicely,” said Kirk Deignan, owner of Diamond Realty Group. “We’ve been in this about six or seven months, getting it through. We are looking at a June grand opening. It will be fabulous.”
Deignan is hoping to have the road built soon and hopes to break ground for the houses in late June.
“Once we get a plat recorded, we can start,” he said. “We want to do that as quick as possible. We will already have plans submitted once that happens.”
Deignan said the air-conditioned homes will range in price from $250,000 to $290,000, ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet, in both one- and two-level configurations.
“We’re doing 10 houses off the bat, then one a week after that,” Deignan said. “We hope to get them all built in a year and a half, by the end of 2015. It will be an aggressive timeline.”
Deignan and Karl Ivanov, president of I&E, point to the recently completed nearby Tate Estates as part of the reason for the timeline.
The two companies worked together on that project as well.
“When we built Tate Estates, everything was sold the minute it was done,” Ivanov said. “It was a good surprise. And we had a higher price range there, from $300,000 to $410,000. That told us this was the right thing to do.”
Deignan noted the development at 15th Street and Tate Avenue is smaller – only 10 homes – but lessons learned there will be built upon with this larger development.
“We’re taking that model over to here,” Deignan said. “We’re trying to build a community here. We’ve done that in Silverton, Mount Angel and Lebanon. Keizer is its own city and atmosphere, its own niche. People here are excited. There are a lot of positive attitudes.”
That was evident as Joe Egli, president of the Keizer City Council, introduced the project to kick off the groundbreaking last Friday.
“This is what Keizer is about, getting together and making it happen,” Egli said. “We appreciate you guys stepping it up like this. It’s all great.”
Ivanov said he has walked around the new development and talked to neighboring homeowners.
“Everyone is taking this well,” he said. “The city likes the project. The neighbors are happy about it.”
Ivanov noted he will have 40 to 50 employees a day on site to build houses. Even with the speed – he expects the homes to be done in a 14-month span – he emphasized attention is paid to details, down to applying caulking appropriately.
“We do it right,” Ivanov said. “We build houses to last a long time. You can see the quality in them.”