Preston Council amends development agreement, hears veterans home update

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On Monday, Oct. 1, local developer Andy Bunge asked the Preston City Council to consider amending their development agreement for his North Street project, specifically changing lot five from a duplex to a single family home with an attached apartment, split 15 feet from lot four to be put with lot five so it could meet the setbacks.

Bunge also asked the council to amend the east and west side setbacks.

Last year, the council agreed to sell four city-owned lots to the east of the Jerome McCallson property, which Bunge purchased.

Bunge shared that his daughter and her husband would like to build on the lot and he has also had interest from people looking for smaller apartments.

“It still provides two living units, but not in the form of a duplex,” Bunge stated.

He shared he is looking into other options beyond duplexes, such as three-plexes, for the remaining lots.

“I still think, as a city, we need to be able to offer expensive home lots like those by the golf course, we need to offer starter homes and we need to recycle property that needs to be cleaned up,” Bunge said of Preston's future housing needs.

The council approved the amended changes.

Veterans home update

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the council on the Preston veterans home fundraising and upcoming meetings.

Hoffman shared that the most recent totals of pledges and donations for the home come to $1,045,142.42.

There are community visits and meetings scheduled for Oct. 2, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.

“The December meeting there will be a large scale meeting, according to the state it would be the best time for community members to come if they are interested in what the development will look like,” Hoffman noted.

The next council meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m.