By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
One company is building two new subdivisions in the northern part of Keizer.
MC Northwest Inc. is building 11 homes in Northfield Estates, on a stretch of Bair Road behind current homes in The Vineyards off of Wheatland Road.
A little bit south on Wheatland, MC Northwest is building six homes for the new Farmland Meadows on Farmland Lane and Shannon Court NE.
“For Northfield, we turned in permits for the first house and will have 11 total lots,” said Matt Holstege, the CEO of MC Northwest. “We are anticipating construction to start by the end of this month, for the foundations to get laid. We will probably finish the first batch of houses by the end of the year.”
According to Holstege, the homes have been popular.
“We have nine out of the 11 homes pre-sold,” he said. “They all sold pretty quick.”
The website for the subdivision (http://www.mcnorthwest.com/Pages/NorthfieldEstates.aspx) shows the houses range in price from $345,950 to $399,950 and range in size from 2,372 to 2,818 square feet.
Standard features for the homes include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, laminate floors, fireplaces, landscaping with sprinklers and air conditioning.
The expansion of Bair Road has already been done, while a new road, Alta Lane, has also been constructed.
There are technically seven lots for Farmland Meadows, but the first lot already has an existing home which will be staying put. The other lots range in size from 5,000 to 6,016 square feet in size, with two sample layouts on the website being between 2,625 and 2,818 square feet in size and ranging from $379,950 to $399,950 in price.
“We just started pushing the dirt around,” Holstege said of the Farmland Meadows subdivision. “We’re going to start pushing hard on that shortly so that we’ll have some lots to show. We will be wrapping up Northfield when we start on Farmland. We have six buildable lots, plus one with a home already there. That will remain.”
The Keizer Hearings Officer issued a report on the Northfield project a year ago, as well as a report on the Farmland project in April. Both projects were approved, with a Northfield Estates Street Lighting Local Improvement District approved by Keizer City Councilors last month.
In addition to the 17 homes, Holstege is looking to another new project that would be nearly twice as big.
Holstege points to the proximity to Interstate 5 access as a big selling point for the new homes.
“It’s mostly been we get a lot of people that commute, so a lot of I-5 traffic,” he said. “They like the north Keizer area, where they can get on and off I-5 real easy without a lot of hassle. And a lot of people that live in Keizer and grew up in Keizer, want to upgrade and update their homes. Our goal has been to be the go-to builder in Keizer.”